Cursive Writing

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Hailey Crocker Cursive: A Casualty of the Computer Age Over the years, the writing form of cursive has depreciated into a dying art. It's being taught less and less in class, which is for the better. Cursive is not a necessary skill anymore; our new technology and computers take the place of most penmanship these days. Teaching cursive in school should not be a requirement. Children should be taught to sign their name--as it will be needed later in life--but cursive does not hold the same significance it used to. Most of the time, forms and documents of the same nature, will even require writing in print, as cursive is much harder to read. As Craig Semon states in his article about this form of writing losing its popularity, "Is cursive handwriting the next casualty of the computer age?" (Semon 1). The boom of technology has taken away our need for most writing done by hand--especially cursive. Ever since the invention of the type writer, people have been using cursive less and less. Instead of handwriting classes kids are now required to take computer and typing literacy classes. Handwriting is no longer a Common Core standard. Kids prefer to write in print or type on the computer because that's how they've grown up--surrounded by technology. Chandler Magnet School…show more content…
These days, the point of writing something down is to get a point across as fast as possible (Suddath 2) and cursive is not the ideal form for quick efficiency. If cursive is written fast, it looks like random loops and squiggles that hold no meaning. At least with print, most of the time, if it is written quickly it's still fairly easy to decipher. In our newly-science-based culture, the goal is to get things written down as fast and neat as possible so that other people can read it and it can be made sure that nothing is missed. Cursive does not do this job as well as print, which is another reason it should not be mandated
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