Cursive Writing a Thing of the Past?

firebroad Posted By firebroad, Apr 19, 2013 at 2:20 PM

  1. firebroad

    firebroad
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 18, 2011
    1,521
    512
    Loc:
    Carroll County, MD
  2. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 22, 2008
    2,161
    1,327
    Loc:
    Schoharie County, N Y
    You should be able to write without out cursing........
     
    MasterMech, Scols and firebroad like this.
  3. USMC80

    USMC80
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 27, 2013
    842
    389
    Loc:
    New Jersey
    I never understood the point of it TBH
     
  4. firebroad

    firebroad
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 18, 2011
    1,521
    512
    Loc:
    Carroll County, MD
    ;lol
     
  5. Ashful

    Ashful
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 7, 2012
    8,965
    3,742
    Loc:
    Philadelphia
    People argue over various copies and interpretations of the Bible, the original text being lost. Perhaps the same will be said about the Constitution, when no one can read it?

    Constitution_Pg1of4_AC.jpg
     
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart
    Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division 2.
    NULL
    
    Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    32,559
    9,727
    Loc:
    Northern Virginia
    About time that something invented to keep from damaging the quill or causing ink splotches went away.
     
  7. Delta-T

    Delta-T
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 27, 2008
    3,144
    579
    Loc:
    NH
    ..there's not even a cursive button on my keyboard....lemme check the various fonts.....
     
  8. nate379

    nate379
    Guest 2.
    NULL
    

    Haven't used cursive in over 20 years. About the only one I know that does is my grandmother.
     
  9. will711

    will711
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 26, 2011
    1,197
    892
    Loc:
    Pocono mts.
    I can't talk without cursing;)
     
  10. Scols

    Scols
    Burning Hunk 2.
    NULL
    

    Sep 18, 2012
    242
    159
    Loc:
    Springs New York
    Me either !!!. A couple of weeks ago my 6 year old asked me if I knew how to write in cursive, so I told him I did but I could only remember half of the alphabet :confused:. Guess I need a refresher course too. I do think it should be a requirement though. Isnt that what school is for ? learning stuff.
     
  11. raybonz

    raybonz
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 5, 2008
    6,210
    1,036
    Loc:
    Carver, MA.
    Cursive has fallen by the wayside for me as well I've done so little of it over the past 40 years that I have a hard time doing it.. Even block printing in lower case is a challenge since I was taught it in vocational school starting in 1971.. I thought I was the only one that had this issue..

    Ray
     
  12. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete
    Guest 2.
    NULL
    

    I have found after the military and civilian life cursive is the most useless waste of communication time. I also have found that teaching it is still important because it is a good way of exercising ones brain.

    Pete
     
    will711 and raybonz like this.
  13. raybonz

    raybonz
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 5, 2008
    6,210
    1,036
    Loc:
    Carver, MA.
    I agree it is an art form.. In colonial times they had beautiful handwriting..
     
    Pallet Pete likes this.
  14. fishingpol

    fishingpol
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 13, 2010
    2,052
    1,130
    Loc:
    Merrimack Valley, MA
    My daughter is learning it in school now. It is like riding a bike for me. I had about 7 or 8 years of it in school, and helping her takes me back. I don't see much use for it, but I've seen many old postcards and letters over the years that were written in cursive that I could read.

    I found these papers dated 1922 under our stairway while doing a renovation. They belonged to a 13 y/o girl that lived in our house in 1922 and most likely went to the local school. Her family came from Nova Scotia around 1897. My wife was able to research city census records that listed household members.

    IMG_3425.JPG IMG_3426.JPG
     
    Ashful and raybonz like this.
  15. Dix

    Dix
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    May 27, 2008
    5,767
    1,383
    Loc:
    Long Island, NY
    I actually prefer cursive handwriting. I have a habit of mixing cursive and print as I write, kind of a personal "shorthand" (remember that???? :p).

    I think cursive reveals alot about a person.
     
  16. stoveguy2esw

    stoveguy2esw
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 14, 2006
    6,171
    1,089
    Loc:
    madison hgts. va
    i write only in cursive, writing "block letter" is tiring to the hand , which is probably why the cursive "font" was invented to start with.

    admittedly with the age of computers cursive is falling out of favor as everyone who uses computers and other electronic devices are becoming much more used to "block letters"

    personally i think cursive is more personal. i remember getting letters from family while stationed overseas lo those many years ago, you always felt the comfort of a pen stroke, the recognition of a loved one's handwriting. e-mails are so cold in comparison when you are far away
     
    raybonz and Dix like this.
  17. katwillny

    katwillny
    Guest 2.
    NULL
    

    my kids middle school teaches it, they are making a point to keep it alive here. Whenever I write something i do it in cursive.
     
  18. raybonz

    raybonz
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 5, 2008
    6,210
    1,036
    Loc:
    Carver, MA.
    I agree with you Mike! I was taught block printing and required to use it when I was in vocational HS as drafting was part of the electrical course so it was all caps block printing which made sense for readability.. When in the Navy a hand written letter was always a welcome sight and at times cursive can portray emotion better but regardless I never write as I once did so I would need lots of practice like the nuns who pounded it into me many years ago lol..

    Ray
     
  19. Dix

    Dix
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    May 27, 2008
    5,767
    1,383
    Loc:
    Long Island, NY
    Always loved Edwardian script.
     
    raybonz likes this.
  20. DexterDay

    DexterDay
    Guest 2.
    NULL
    

    Penmanship is a thing if the past. With so many ways of communication. Kids these days only communicate through, text, email, FB, Tweets, or YouTube.

    Kinda sad... :( There was once a day where ones penmanship showed there pride in a letter. Putting pen to paper is almost a thing of the past. :(

    Letters like these are amazing to see and read. Cursive was an art in these days. My wife's 85 yr old Grandmother has the nicest cursive I have seen. But she was raised in a day, when that mattered.
     
  21. firebroad

    firebroad
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 18, 2011
    1,521
    512
    Loc:
    Carroll County, MD
    I am beginning to think I just dropped in from another time! How do you folks sign your name? Don't you ever write nice notes on cards? Mind you, my handwriting is so horrendous, that this is why I learned to type, so yes, I will usually type a letter, but when I am jotting down notes, especially during phone conversations, I find cursive much faster than printing. Of course, then I have to decipher my own hand...;em
     
    raybonz likes this.
  22. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart
    Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division 2.
    NULL
    
    Staff Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    32,559
    9,727
    Loc:
    Northern Virginia
    I love receiving a piece of paper with cursive writing on it. If it is a check and the cursive is the signature.
     
  23. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 22, 2008
    17,195
    3,622
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    I was just thinking . . . if they don't teach cursive handwriting how will people sign their checks . . . and then I realized . . . probably many folks don't have to worry about checks these days with direct banking, ATMS, debit cards, etc.
     
  24. Ehouse

    Ehouse
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 22, 2011
    906
    256
    Loc:
    Upstate NY

    That's how I write too! And I agree that hand written notes and letters add a personal touch. My Daughter's in 3d grade and they've stopped teaching cursive as well as spelling! But she learns these lost arts on her own, and writes to her friends all the time. So much easier to throw a typed letter in the round file.
     
  25. MasterMech

    MasterMech
    Guest 2.
    NULL
    

    AutoCorrect is proof enough that we still need to teach proper spelling.

    Cursive? Meh... could become much like calligraphy. An artform learned for pleasure more so than utility.

    As for how do you sign your name? Some of these kids have a hard time remembering their name, let alone signing it. :p
     
    raybonz and Ashful like this.

Share This Page