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  •  I took to hand printing (12+ / 0-)

    instead of writing cursive, because if I was writing in connected line movements it as often came out backwards as forwards. If you held it up to a mirror, it looked exactly like my handwriting forwards, but my teachers were not the least bit amused when I made the mirror suggestion. Printing each letter made me pay more attention to direction, the teachers didn't complain.

    Though writing backwards did come in quite useful in my private life, where I had to live with three sisters and a brother, none of whom were shy of sneaking reads of their siblings' diaries/journals. It also got me my first job during summer breaks in high school. My best friend's father was managing editor of the local newspaper, he hired me to set and proof type - those little bitty cast lead letters racked backwards into wooden page frames with moveable gutters, popular before the adoption of offset printing technology...

    •  How far from a keyboard will today's kids ever be? (3+ / 0-)
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      Joieau, commonmass, BYw

      Barring some collapse of technology or civilization, today's children are likely to use texting more than any kind of handwriting when they grow up.

      We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

      by david78209 on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 08:03:32 AM PDT

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      •  Well, technology and civilization (5+ / 0-)

        could collapse, you never know. Seems to loom more ominously every day, if money has anything to do with it (and it does). But I'd want my kids to learn how to read and write the hard way just so they can read scanned documents someone penned in cursive long ago (like, say, the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution) and/or take contemporary notes on what they're reading. And decipher the messages scrawled onto Christmas and birthday cards. And follow the writing in the margins of various drafts of literary and scientific draft reports. And...

        Hence my kids and even my grandkids all know how to read and write cursive.

        •  Read, yes. Write ... do they need to? (1+ / 0-)
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          NCJan

          I gave up on cursive and went back to printing long ago, except for a signature.

          We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

          by david78209 on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 01:13:08 PM PDT

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        •  There will always be some (2+ / 0-)
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          historys mysteries, Joieau

          I am sure that there are many (including me) who will take pains to learn cursive in order to decipher historical documents--just as there are many who learn Latin, Old English, etc.

          I heard that Socrates bemoaned the newfangled invention of writing.  He feared it would ruin the art of memory.

          I'm pretty sure that he was right about that one....

          Just because the government keeps a record of real property transfers, it doesn't mean that the government wants to confiscate your home.

          by NCJan on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 02:35:27 PM PDT

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