Cursive and shorthand endangered

I can only sprinkle some shorthand in my writing when I am taking notes. But between cursive and my limited shorthand I can manage reasonable speed. This article I came across describes today’s students and tomorrow’s business people that are and will be helpless without a keyboard in front of them. What will they do if the power fails? 

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  1. I saw this article too in the Washington Post (I live outside DC).  It is really quite scary for those of us with kids in elementary school to think that they will be taught cursive in 3rd grade and then never expected to use it for anything.  Therefore they will quickly lose the skill.   My son's 3rd grade teacher told me a few weeks ago that it's sort of a joke among high school teachers here that if they want to send home a confidential note to a kid's parents, they only need to write it in cursive and the message will be secure from the kid's prying eyes.  So cursive, it seems, is the "new" cryptic code writing like shorthand used to be.   What can you say?  Pretty soon they'll all be signing their names with a big 'X'.

  2. I have to agree with their views on cursive. I write cursive for my notes in French (shorthand's no use there!) and papers, and I've gotten asked on several occasions "why is your handwriting so swirly?" like they didn't recognize it was cursive.

    What a shame. Cursive is a lot less fatiguing than print. Naturally, all my English notes are in shorthand with cursive headers 😉 I think I only ever use print for filling out forms and writing on the board.

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