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Old 08-21-2011, 07:21 AM
 
Location: DFW
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I've always hated it whenever a document required me to "handwrite in cursive, NOT print" some statement. Usually that statement is lines long, not just a few words.
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:42 AM
 
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It would appear from the responses to the thread that cursive is still a part of the elementary curriculum in many parts of the U.S.
I was referring to our district, which is extremely low-income. Our school focuses almost entirely on test preparation.

A later poster included that the SAT requires the test-taker to copy a paragraph in cursive. That is why I began asking my high school students to learn and practice cursive. It keeps them from being excluded from the group of people who know how to write in script. More skills = more power to choose.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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Thanks for all the responses, it appears that there are no standards as to what is taught in school.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Thanks for all the responses, it appears that there are no standards as to what is taught in school.

There are standards, it is just each state/district have different ones.... which is a WHOLE other topic!
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:08 AM
 
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In my state they no longer are going to be teaching it.Some students complained why should I have to learn to write a J ,when it is not in my name ? Computers,Computers get rid of em .If the students have to learn on pc/skills do so at home .It is a dying art .There is nothing more than I appreciate than someone who has nice handwriting .I guess when you look like a fool you will know you should have learn how to wite that J.It is about as stupid as that IPAD showing a kid how to write on PC .Hello carpal tunnel at an early age.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:09 AM
 
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:lol: ? The Americans learn to write just in the 3rd grade?
It has to be so sad to not be able to write without a computer.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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:lol: ? The Americans learn to write just in the 3rd grade?
It has to be so sad to not be able to write without a computer.

???????????? Can you explain please???
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:18 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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I know a lot of people who don't know cursive. When you take the SAT, you have to copy a paragraph that has to be done in cursive. The proctors instruct those who don't know cursive to just make the letters connect.

Since my son will be taking the SAT's in two year, I've gone out and searched it. I can't find any requirment that the Essay on the SAT's must be in Cursive. Can you point me to the link on the collegeboard website where it say's that? The collegeboard reported that only 15% of the eassy are in Cursive.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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Since my son will be taking the SAT's in two year, I've gone out and searched it. I can't find any requirment that the Essay on the SAT's must be in Cursive. Can you point me to the link on the collegeboard website where it say's that? The collegeboard reported that only 15% of the eassy are in Cursive.

I don't think that they do. Printing is fine as most of my students have done it that way.
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I'm 20 and I learned cursive in like 2nd or 3rd grade and then I didn't use it again until I took the SAT. The only time you have to use it on the SAT is when you sign this pledge saying you have not cheated or anything like that (for some reason you do it in the middle of the exam). When the proctor told us we had to write in cursive the whole room let out a collective groan and a few people asked "Are you serious?"

I don't see the point. My handwriting isn't the best but it's legible especially if I take my time, and everything else is done with computers. My signature resembles a doctor's signature, which some people playfully poke fun at but hey... doctors are pretty respected figures so I don't mind having a John Hancock that resembles their cryptic writings

e: MilkDrinker, Americans certainly learn how to write. There's just a lot more emphasis on print writing (AKA handwriting that looks like these letters you are reading right now) than on cursive.
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