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    Default (Article) Gen Z never learned to read cursive

    Gen Z Never Learned to Read Cursive
    How will they interpret the past?
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine...istory/671246/

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    Default Re: (Article) Gen Z never learned to read cursive

    Thanks so much for the post, catbert - a fascinating albeit sad read. I've long known about the slow, steady decline in cursive instruction but didn't realize it was quite this bad.

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    I read this the other night. I was reminded of a friend who is a university professor; it was at least 10 years ago she told me about how students started coming to her, asking about the comments she wrote in their papers - that they couldn't read them. An FP aficionado, she thought maybe it was the color ink she used but... no, they simply couldn't read her (impeccable) cursive script.
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    Saying it to myself: "Okay, Boomer". At 63, that's what I am. I started learning American cursive just before we moved to England. There, I was taught what was basically an italic hand, only slightly more cursive. Then, it was off to Germany, where I learned to write with a fountain pen in the German cursive style. I was also expected to learn Suetterlin, although I didn't have to write in it. I just had to be able to read it. As for the fountain pens, they were required. No ball point pens, except to write over patches where we had used some salty-tasting ink eraser substance. The German cursive style stuck with me, with a few modifications (notably the capital "S", where I switched to an Italic S rather than the American S) when we returned to the United States. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't pick up the rounded "Cheerleader Gothic" beloved of my female friends. My hands just don't write that way. I started fooling with calligraphy in my early 20s, mostly using an Italic hand. That crept into my cursive style a little bit. And then I learned to write Russian (Cyrillic) cursive, and it has had the most influence on my handwriting after the German style. I write now with a German-Cyrillic-Italic mix spiced up with chickenscratch.

    I can't imagine not being able to read cursive in English, German, Suetterlin (German) or Russian. It might take some effort, but I can do it even in Suetterlin. That Suetterlin was detested by Hitler and the Nazi regime only makes me more determined to decipher it. Ayup. I bear a grudge that precedes my own birth (1959).

    On an aesthetic level, unless it's bordering on calligraphy, I hate to read things handwritten in a printed style. It bugs me. There are situations where I expect a printed style, notably block caps on most engineering diagrams and drawings, and architectural renderings. But beyond that? Ugh!

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    I think it's great. We olds can plot against our young overlords in a secret script!
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    Default Re: (Article) Gen Z never learned to read cursive

    Thankfully, handwriting seems to be returning as part of the curriculum, at least in our school district. I have a set of fountain pens waiting for kiddo.
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