Cursive handwriting is dying. But some politicians refuse to accept it.
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Cursive handwriting is dying. But some politicians refuse to accept it.

October 26, 2019

So in the past few years, we’ve seen state
legislatures introduce bills that basically require that students have
to learn cursive writing in elementary school. Cursive handwriting is not in the Common Core
state standards which have replaced the English and Language
Arts standards in 43 states. And so this is led to a concern that if it’s
not on the test, if students can type their assignments or
print their assignments, cursive handwriting is just going to disappear
and die out. But the truth is, cursive was really fading
out before the Common Core. In 2006, the SAT started to require an essay
— and this is how we have data on what students chose to write.
And only 15% of students used cursive, this was kids who were in elementary school in
the 90s. Cursive handwriting became taught more
commonly at the same time that education become more democratic.
So it started with something called the Spencerian script.
If you’ve seen a college diploma, if you’ve seen a wedding invitation with that really
loopy, fancy writing, that’s what the Spencerian script was. It’s beautiful.
But obviously it’s not very practical to learn to write this really gorgeous, loopy
handwriting. And so in the 1920s, which was when education
was becoming much more universal, not just at the elementary level but continuing on
past that, that’s also when they developed a new method
of writing cursive. It’s called the Palmer Method. Certainly
if you have a grandparent with beautiful handwriting, they’re probably writing the Palmer method.
And there were two major cursive styles that were taught from the 1960s on: The D’Nealian
method, and the Zane-Bloser method. This is a big debate. Is there a reason to
learn cursive, besides sort of a nostalgic idea that this is an important skill that
you have as an adult? The arguments in favor are that it’s a fine
motor skill thing, it’s good for kids to have learn to use their hands this way.
And there’s also this sort of patriotic argument that the Constitution and the Declaration
of Independence are written in cursive, and what if kids can’t read these founding documents
in the original print. The arguments against teaching cursive are
mostly that nobody has shown that there’s really a major benefit to learning cursive.
So it’s a lot of time and energy spent in the third and 4th grade, learning basically
a second system of writing after you’ve already learned to write.

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  1. We only learnt cursive, no one taught us print. Then eventually in 5th grade when it was no longer required to write in cursive we started experimenting with print because it's everywhere and eventually learnt it. Learning print first then cursive doesn't make sense at all.

  2. What should die out is the vocal fry….
    This is painful to listen to. You sound like a cheap pornstar. And from what you're saying, one that can't write.

  3. I'm beyond middle aged, and a lot of my similar aged friends can not write cursive properly. One of them even writes like a girl in 3rd grade putting loops in every character and dotting all the i's with hearts (very very painful to read). I like writing, but now that notes are handed to students, photocopiers, and typing papers is a requirement maybe it's time for this to fade.

  4. When i discovered that American can't write in cursive I was really shocked
    I didn't understand how a developed country like united states can't write in cursive it's probably the only country that I heard the fact that they don't know how to write there proper language
    I don't understand because in my country we learn how to write in cursive sinse our childhood

    I hope that American start to procure more importance about cursive writing

  5. In elementary and middle school my teachers were very strict about cursive writing , I stopped using it gradually since high school , now I'm 4th year university student, i don't use it at all

  6. Well cursive writing is easier for me to write and also i can write faster xD my teachers have no problem with this 👍🏻👍🏻

  7. I have written cursive ever since I learned how to write (in the early 2000s, I'm a '98). It's way faster and people who write cursive generally don't press the pencil on the paper as hard as people who print, meaning that cursive is probably better for writing exams that are multiple hours long.

  8. I have very cursive looking handwriting, it’s very different for me to do, but I really wanted to learn calligraphy so I learned cursive.

  9. I'm 16 and I can't read nor write cursive. People need to realize not all cursive are the same. Others or literally loops and others are basically just words connected at the bottom.

  10. It took me a week to learn to write cursive and it was required at my junior school (elementary) guess British schools might be a bit more demanding.

  11. when i was in 3rd-5th grade i had to learn cursive. it was never a requirement to write in cursive for homework, and plus i was very slow at it. now being in 8th grade i have to write in cursive for english and it completely messes me up. i cant read my cursive handwriting, neither can i read cursive handwriting at all. i also hate signing things because of my handwriting/i space out the letters and make them bigger than when i use print, causing me to have my last name, which has 10 letters, to go off the line

  12. Mrs.Walters: Maddie, do the worksheet.
    2nd Grade Me: Ok
    does one cursive letter poorly, then goes back to not working
    Mrs.Walters: Maddie this is something you need to learn.
    Me: Why
    Mrs.Walters: …
    gives up and walks away

  13. why people are sad hearing this?
    try living in Russia and you will wish for its death since you can barely read the cursive of random people.

  14. You can still teach it at home. I know I will when I have kids because I do want them to be able to read the constitution lol

  15. 2:07 The problem i see here is that you learn cursive in 3rd or 4th grade? By then we were already taught english cursive!

  16. well this explains why america is so messed up. the politicians spend all their time dictating what handwriting kids should be using instead of focussing on the important stuff.

  17. I was taught cursive in the first grade, so I never really had trouble learning. To add to that, being able to write in cursive meant I could sorta format my notes. Headings may be in block letters, but then the rest in connected script.

  18. In Ireland we were forced to do it in Primary school (my handwriting looked awful). From secondary onwards it was our choice and I chose print handwriting which is way nicer. Now my writing is a weird blend of both. My g, y, e and r are all cursive now.

  19. My class was forced to practice these cursive writing worksheets every day in fourth grade. It was very hard for me because my handwriting is already hurried and "messy" because I loop around and use shortcuts to get more words onto a page at a time. Cursive writing takes a special, practiced kind of "messy," and I found that so stupid. Why would I waste time to write letters that were already as hard to read as my own?

  20. I write in cursive because in my old school I could only write in cursive, now nobody in my class can grade my papers because of my “messy” handwriting

  21. Dude it hurts to write like that. I just stopped doing it cause is actually easier and faster to write in print. At my school everyone uses it cause is the only writing you can use from 1st grade to 6th but because I went to the U.S for sometime I really didn’t need to use it so I stopped, because why make your life hard when their is an easy way.

  22. I write in cursive because nobody taught me how to write in print in elementary school (they only taught me print capital letters) but I forgot how to write some letters so I just write them in capital print like : K, J, Y

  23. I don't get the issue. I was required to learn cursive writing in 4th grade. Ended up abandoning it in 5th grade but started using it permanently in 6th grade and above. It allows me to write things down much quicker, which was a huge help when it came to notetaking and essays. Very few schools teach it these days, and that's a shame.

  24. "What are you talking about cursive is taught and required in my other country"
    Video literally only talking about the United States

  25. I am currently writing a children's book on paper in cursive. After a couple of pages I transfer to word document. Writing in cursive makes me more creative and is therapeutic.

  26. This wasn't the second system of writing in our country. All the children are basically taught A, a, cursive A and cursive a together. And I was born in 2001.
    Then as you go to middle school, you pretty stylise your handwriting, some people continue with their nostalgic loopy handwriting, while some change to a straightform.
    But everyone knows how to read and write it.

  27. I learned cursive in 3rd grade and when I transferred to a new school in 10th grade, they were so amazed I could do cursive. Wtf😩

  28. When I was in elementary school (Mexico) , we were taught to write in cursive and even now that I don't use it as much I can still write it and read it .

  29. In England, you first learn to write in a simple cursive. You have to write in cursive for SATs in England for essays in primary school , but in secondary, they don't mind

  30. I'm the secretary inside our classroom and I know to myself that my cursive handwriting is readable. But I don't understand why my classmates cannot read a letter with a cursive form anymore.

  31. I still use it I only started using it as a young adult. I didn't even learn it at school I just did it cause it's faster than printing.

  32. My teacher tried to teach me cursive in 3rd grade, I was never able to learn it, and cursive was never taught again, so I still don't know how to write in cursive, and more importantly I have a lot of trouble reading it.

  33. If you want to learn on your own go head. This is pointless to teach in elementary school. Waste of time teach these kids some life skills.

  34. Notice that every time she referred to cursive she called it "gorgeous" or "beautiful". She just unintentionally justified the writing of cursive without even thinking about it. Never once have i heard someone call print handwriting gorgeous or beautiful.

  35. This reminds me of a story of my best friend from Germany who could not understand the old German style of cursive using Fraktur (it was used until after WWII). He had family history documents from his grandparents, great grandparents, etc but couldn't read them. I had taught myself the skill and so transliterated (?) it from the old style to the new. If you do geneaology, almost EVERYTHING in old documents are written in cursive.

  36. In Italy they teach kids how to write in cursive so I was kinda confused when I came to England and what they called cursive was basically just joined handwriting

  37. good luck learning cursive for all sorts of characters, !"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>[email protected][]^_`abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz{|}~ ¡¢£¤¥¦§¨©ª«¬­®¯°±²³´µ¶·¸¹º»¼½¾¿ÀÁÂÃÄÅÆÇÈÉÊËÌÍÎÏÐÑÒÓÔÕÖ×ØÙÚÛÜÝÞßàáâãäåæçèéêëìíîïðñòóôõö÷øùúûüýþÿĀāĂ㥹ĆćĈĉĊċČčĎďĐđĒēĔĕĖėĘęĚěĜĝĞğĠġĢģĤĥĦħĨĩĪīĬĭĮįİıIJijĴĵĶķĸĹĺĻļĽľĿŀŁłŃńŅņŇňʼnŊŋŌōŎŏŐőŒœŔŕŖŗŘřŚśŜŝŞşŠšŢţŤťŦŧŨũŪūŬŭŮůŰűŲųŴŵŶŷŸŹźŻżŽžſƏƒƷǞǟǠǡǢǣǤǥǦǧǨǩǪǫǬǭǮǯǺǻǼǽǾǿȘșȚțȞȟɑɒɔəɛɜɥɪɲɵɼʀʃʊʌʎʏʒʳʻʼʽˆˇˈˉˌː˖˘˙˚˛˜˝˟ˮʹ͵ͺ;΄΅Ά·ΈΉΊΌΎΏΐΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩΪΫάέήίΰαβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρςστυφχψωϊϋόύώϑϕϖϗϚϛϜϝϞϟϠϡϱЀЁЂЃЄЅІЇЈЉЊЋЌЍЎЏАБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯабвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюяѐёђѓєѕіїјљњћќѝўџѢѣѲѳѴѵҐґҒғҔҕҖҗҘҙҚқҜҝҞҟҠҡҢңҤҥҦҧҨҩҪҫҬҭҮүҰұҲҳҴҵҶҷҸҹҺһҼҽҾҿӀӁӂӃӄӇӈӋӌӐӑӒӓӔӕӖӗӘәӚӛӜӝӞӟӠӡӢӣӤӥӦӧӨөӪӫӮӯӰӱӲӳӴӵӸӹḂḃḊḋḞḟṀṁṖṗṠṡṪṫẀẁẂẃẄẅẛỲỳἀἁἂἃἄἅἆἇἈἉἊἋἌἍἎἏἐἑἒἓἔἕἘἙἚἛἜἝἠἡἢἣἤἥἦἧἨἩἪἫἬἭἮἯἰἱἲἳἴἵἶἷἸἹἺἻἼἽἾἿὀὁὂὃὄὅὈὉὊὋὌὍὐὑὒὓὔὕὖὗὙὛὝὟὠὡὢὣὤὥὦὧὨὩὪὫὬὭὮὯὰάὲέὴήὶίὸόὺύὼώᾀᾁᾂᾃᾄᾅᾆᾇᾈᾉᾊᾋᾌᾍᾎᾏᾐᾑᾒᾓᾔᾕᾖᾗᾘᾙᾚᾛᾜᾝᾞᾟᾠᾡᾢᾣᾤᾥᾦᾧᾨᾩᾪᾫᾬᾭᾮᾯᾰᾱᾲᾳᾴᾶᾷᾸᾹᾺΆᾼ᾽ι᾿῀῁ῂῃῄῆῇῈΈῊΉῌ῍῎῏ῐῑῒΐῖῗῘῙῚΊ῝῞῟ῠῡῢΰῤῥῦῧῨῩῪΎῬ῭΅`ῲῳῴῶῷῸΌῺΏῼ´῾–—―‗‘’‚‛“”„†‡•…‰′″‴‹›‼‽‾‿⁄⁊⁰⁴⁵⁶⁷⁸⁹⁺⁻⁼⁽⁾ⁿ₀₁₂₃₄₅₆₇₈₉₊₋₌₍₎₣₤₧€₯ℂ℅ℓℕ№℗ℚℝ™ℤΩ℮⅛⅜⅝⅞←↑→↓↔↕↤↥↦↧↨⇐⇑⇒⇓⇔⇕∀∁∂∃∄∅∆∇∈∉∋∌∏∑−∓∕∘∙√∝∞∟∡∤∥∦∧∨∩∪∫∮∼≃≅≈≉≙≟≠≡≢≤≥≪≫⊂⊃⊄⊅⊆⊇⊈⊉⊊⊋⊕⊗⊤⊥⊦⊧⋂⋃⋅⌀⌂⌈⌉⌊⌋⌐⌕⌠⌡〈〉─│┌┐└┘├┤┬┴┼═║╒╓╔╕╖╗╘╙╚╛╜╝╞╟╠╡╢╣╤╥╦╧╨╩╪╫╬▀▄█▌▐░▒▓■□▪▫▬▲△►▼◄◊○●◘◙◦☐☑☒☺☻☼♀♂♠♣♥♦♪♫♭♮♯✓✗fffiflffiffl� to name a few

  38. If you don’t learn cursive, how will you be able to read a personal note written by someone who did learn it? Or something written on the white board by a teacher? As a teacher, it’s easier for me to write on the board in cursive because I don’t have to keep lifting the pen after each letter. Then some students say they can’t read what I’ve written. 😳🙄

  39. In my country, Indonesia. Cursive is a must, at my school, we're starting to be allowed to use "normal" handwriting. But not in Language class. So my writing style kinda got mixed

    now most people, even I, can't read my own handwriting

  40. Well, of course with the internet & email, no one has to learn cursive as much unless they want. Back in my day of the late 60's, we learn to print first, in first grade, then onto learning cursive. But we also had to write everything like school papers & letters so it was only naturally quicker to use cursive than print.

  41. I have written in cursive my whole life however now that I am in Uni my writing for some reason has become a hybrid between cursive and print

  42. I think cursive is important. When I was in jr high, I went to a private school where everything was cursive. I think it helped my thoughts feel connected. And I certainly think everyone should be able to sign their name in the least.

  43. I write fast in cursive, and even faster in print (or in a slightly linked italics). The "not lifting your pen" argument is a misnomer. You don't really lift that much. It's a tiny motion of the knuckles. And besides, you DO lift your pen to writer in cursive, and in fact you even double back all the way across a word you just wrote to cross Ts, dot Is, etc, which is far greater of a jump than you will be lifting for in print. Print has shorter strokes with fewer loopy reversals and is generally more precise with more finger motions rather than in the wrist. If you're accustomed to one system you'll probably write faster with it, but cursive is not inherently faster.

  44. 2:06 Third and fourth grade seems really early to me. But I was taught in the sixth grade. I stuck with cursive. I love it!
    And there is a benefit to writing cursive. It's quicker than writing in print. Learning is also enhanced compared to typing notes in class. Do some research into that.

  45. (1:31) The D'Nealian method, which is a dumbed down Charlies Zaner cursive style, was created by Donny Neal Thurber in 1978. As a joke, Don called the new modified, dumbed-down cursive "d'neal," which was his first name and middle name combined and contracted together: Donny + Neal = D'Neal ( the "onny" was removed). Donny thought the name D'Neal sounded more sophisticated, worldly, and elegant. BTW, the Charlie Zaner cursive method was created just after Austin Palmer came up with his modification of Spencerian script, which was the standard handwriting used in written American business correspondences. This was before the typewriter, and the secretaries in business had to be adept in writing in Spencerian. Later, the business community adopted Palmer. And when typewriters arrived on the scene, all American businesses dropped cursive altogether and went w/ the typewriter as the standard in written business communication.

  46. Well, cursive is dying only in North America. That's why they are considered analphabets when travelling abroad. Cursive is used all over the world!

  47. Cursive helps folks with dyslexia like myself and allows you to read historical documents. It’s important to learn it.

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