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  •  They've stopped teaching cursive (5+ / 0-)

    in many districts.

    My Grandpa has beautiful (though at 93 now shaky) copperplate handwriting. But now, there are kids who can't even read cursive.

    It's definitely a loss.

    On the whole, I prefer not to be lectured on patriotism by those who keep offshore maildrops in order to avoid paying their taxes. - Molly Ivins

    by Lashe on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 04:41:03 PM PST

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    •  Why? (3+ / 0-)
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      Batya the Toon, sethtriggs, Nattiq

      Cursive is harder to read, harder to write (unless you're writing with a dip-pen and an inkwell), and generally silly. Requiring it makes life unnecessarily difficult for children with mild learning disabilities or delayed fine motor development.

      If the argument is for preserving it as an art form, then teach it in art class along with calligraphy. But from a functional perspective, it's been obsolete for a century and its removal from English classes is long overdue.

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 06:03:07 PM PST

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