I think many schools have stopped teaching cursive.
A bad mistake in the long run.
He can probably read cursive, just not when it says things like “empty the trash” and “clean your room.”
That’s not taught in schools anymore. No penmanship and kids and younger people can’t even hold a pen or pencil correctly. The pens/pencils are gripped as if it’s a handle of a hammer.
Now most English content work comes East to India (where I am ) and other countries here. Maybe in a few years, handwriting will be seen only in old British colonies and US dependencies…
I think it was about 10 years ago when I ran first ran into an adult that couldn’t read cursive English. They actually got angry at another person for using some sort of strange foreign language.
a sad commentary
They taught it when I was in Elementary, but once I hit Middle School, you were NOT to use cursive when writing essays and the like. Teachers found it too hard to read everyone’s penmanship, which could be terrible and illegible. That pretty much killed off cursive for my entire generation, which is probably why they eventually stopped teaching it.
The worst printing is still more legible than the worst cursive.
I encouraged my daughter to teach her sons to read and write cursive over the summer when they were at an appropriate age. Their penmanship is ghastly, but they can read. At least it’s a step up on most people their age (now teenagers.)
Get with the program, send him a text message.
Such is “progress”, right, parents?
What did they do with all of those alphabet example strips above the blackboards? (Yes, that was a looong time ago.)
Another sad truth.
Can’t read what is actually in the Constitution and founding documents if you can’t read cursive.
My cursive has gotten so bad that I now need to print if I expect to read it again.
We can keep the youngsters from taking over the world by writing in cursive and driving stick shifts.
Bring back the Palmer Method! Google it, lots of info.
I was taught cursive writing in elementary school. I wasn’t the best at it but it was readable. After going to college and writing notes in cursive fast to keep up, it got to where I was the only one that could read my handwriting. They say that is why medical doctor’s handwriting is usually bad. Now if I want anyone to read what I write, I have to print it out.
Another failure of modern education.
Cursive is just another font…..
I’d like to see the art of calligraphy thought in gradle school.
Every once in a while I see a very old document in cursive, and even though I can read and write in cursive, the writing in that document is so different from the cursive I know and practice that I can’t make it out.
With age has come micro-tremors. My cursive—and my printing for that matter—has deteriorated in the last decade or so.
No moaning and groaning over the end of teaching cursive from me. l’m left-handed and my hands were never that steady anyway, so back in 3rd and 4th grades I was the absolute worst at it. Hated learning it, hated using it, and gave up on it a long time ago. Don’t miss it at all.
When I was in middle school (grades 6 through 8) I had to and write a multy page report in cursive. I warned the teacher that my cursive handwriting was terrible, and only got worse the longer I had to write. She said the assignment was the assignment. And that was fine. The writing in the report was bad. You could see the degradation from page to page. But I could read it, and I turned it in. It was returned to me with no grade, and a note to come see the teacher during home room. I was told that maybe cursive was maybe not for me and asked to re-write it in print. As well as all the other assignments for the semester.
Luckely, the following semester they started us using computers for such things.
Today, I can not really read cursive that well.