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Old 08-23-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Blah
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Interesting, our most important documents are written in cursive and soon no one will be around to translate them. I guess we can hope wikipedia translated them right. Anyhow, It doesn't really matter if everything is written in print or typed on a computer, people need to be able to read and write cursive.
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:27 PM
 
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I am 25 years old and I can't read it. Why would I ever need to? Learning cursive is about as useful as teaching a fish to ride a bike. It would be fun to see, but it doesn't do anyone any good.
I find that truly shocking. It's not that difficult.
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Central Florida
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All of those tests are on computers today. No writing is necessary.

Typing needs to be taught in place of cursive...

The SAT and ACT are not.

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Old 08-23-2011, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Kingwood/Porter
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I'm in my sixth year as a high school English teacher, and I have ever required that anything be done in cursive.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:25 PM
 
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I'm in my sixth year as a high school English teacher, and I have ever required that anything be done in cursive.
I understand that, but it's not difficult to learn, and I'm stunned that someone could make it to adulthood, even today, without being able at the very least to read script.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:01 PM
 
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I'm in my sixth year as a high school English teacher, and I have ever required that anything be done in cursive.
Why not?
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:02 PM
 
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All of those tests are on computers today. No writing is necessary.

Typing needs to be taught in place of cursive...
SAT's and ACT's are not done on computers. Keyboarding is taught in schools.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:43 PM
 
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All of those tests are on computers today. No writing is necessary.

Typing needs to be taught in place of cursive...
I agree. We teach our kids word processing and keyboarding at home because they are not getting it at school, yet more and more things are being done on computers at school. There just hasn't been enough time in the school day/year to squeeze in keyboarding and word processing. Teaching your kids how to format their documents is also very important. When I volunteer during writing or testing times that seems to be the biggest frustration - kids need so much help simply with the editing and formatting, saving and backing-up of their work. Plus most of them have not been taught proper keyboarding so they slowly pick away with just two fingers which takes forever.
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Old 08-23-2011, 11:00 PM
 
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The SAT and ACT are not. AND you sound SOOOOO proud that you can't read curvise. WAY TO GO!!!!

They started testing computerized versions of the SAT back in 2001 and they are still working on it. They have been doing trial runs for a computerized version of the ACT as well. It's around the corner.

Other college admissions tests are computerized - the GMAT for business school, the GRE for Graduate school programs, the MCAT for med school.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:05 AM
 
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I find that truly shocking. It's not that difficult.
But why do I need it? It doesn't do anything for me.

mod cut - removed sarcastic comment and orphaned retort The GMATs (which I took most recently) just switched to all computerized tests a few years ago. I assumed everything did. This was my mistake.

I am not 'proud of not reading cursive'. I just don't get why it is important.

Again - what is the point of cursive? Why would we spend valuable time in schools teaching students something that adds nothing to their lives? Let's teach more math instead of cursive so we can actually have a shot of keeping up with the rest of the world with scientific and technological developments.

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