September 5, 2019 100

Cursive handwriting is dying. But some politicians refuse to accept it.

Cursive handwriting is dying. But some politicians refuse to accept it.


So in the past few years, we’ve seen state
legislatures introduce bills that basically require that students have
to learn cursive writing in elementary school. Cursive handwriting is not in the Common Core
state standards which have replaced the English and Language
Arts standards in 43 states. And so this is led to a concern that if it’s
not on the test, if students can type their assignments or
print their assignments, cursive handwriting is just going to disappear
and die out. But the truth is, cursive was really fading
out before the Common Core. In 2006, the SAT started to require an essay
— and this is how we have data on what students chose to write.
And only 15% of students used cursive, this was kids who were in elementary school in
the 90s. Cursive handwriting became taught more
commonly at the same time that education become more democratic.
So it started with something called the Spencerian script.
If you’ve seen a college diploma, if you’ve seen a wedding invitation with that really
loopy, fancy writing, that’s what the Spencerian script was. It’s beautiful.
But obviously it’s not very practical to learn to write this really gorgeous, loopy
handwriting. And so in the 1920s, which was when education
was becoming much more universal, not just at the elementary level but continuing on
past that, that’s also when they developed a new method
of writing cursive. It’s called the Palmer Method. Certainly
if you have a grandparent with beautiful handwriting, they’re probably writing the Palmer method.
And there were two major cursive styles that were taught from the 1960s on: The D’Nealian
method, and the Zane-Bloser method. This is a big debate. Is there a reason to
learn cursive, besides sort of a nostalgic idea that this is an important skill that
you have as an adult? The arguments in favor are that it’s a fine
motor skill thing, it’s good for kids to have learn to use their hands this way.
And there’s also this sort of patriotic argument that the Constitution and the Declaration
of Independence are written in cursive, and what if kids can’t read these founding documents
in the original print. The arguments against teaching cursive are
mostly that nobody has shown that there’s really a major benefit to learning cursive.
So it’s a lot of time and energy spent in the third and 4th grade, learning basically
a second system of writing after you’ve already learned to write.

100 Replies to “Cursive handwriting is dying. But some politicians refuse to accept it.”

  • Mia Crapnell says:

    It’s taught in England, but it’s kinda like, if you haven’t learned it by year 4, no one cares

  • Irene Lee says:

    I flex my my haters by writing in cursive

  • Ethan Anderson says:

    I'm 17 and I'll always write in cursive.

  • Joe dirt says:

    If you can’t understand cursive then your an idiot

  • Lenny Tompkins says:

    Well, this video does make a good point. Cursive is dying out in the United States…after school, most people never use it and forget how to read and write it, because as a matter of habit, most people do not really write that much. It's not very "practical", but we do need to remember how to read many historical documents, which admittedly is difficult even WITH some background in it. If someone had never learned how to write in cursive, it may be even more difficult or even impossible.

  • Shlomo Von Shekelstein says:

    I was taught to write cursive by my mother before I even started school, when I went into school we had to write in print so my handwriting looks from an alien planet now…..

  • BalqisQueen says:

    The simple solution seems to be to just teach kids how to read in cursive, say in 7th and 8th grade history. There's plenty of reasons for American kids to know how to read it, even if it has become obsolete here to know how to write it.

  • マコウスカジュリア says:

    in Poland almost everyone uses cursive handwriting. We are taught that from almost kindergarden, so yeah. It’s much faster and IMO looks better, more mature

  • Florence Ho says:

    Sometimes I don’t understand why some schools are forcing us to write in cursive, why not just let us use our own handwriting, but just make it neat enough to be read?

  • Sofia says:

    I learned cursive in 3rd grade

  • o h n o says:

    In primary school and elementary was AN OBLIGATION to have cursive letter but in high school everyone is free to write however we want…
    I'm the only one in my class who still writes with cursive.

  • jkj888 says:

    I’m a freshman in high school and I’m honestly the only high schooler I know who even remotely uses cursive. I don’t use it a lot just kind of when I’m scribbling something. I ALSO learned how to type and that’s way way way more useful in my daily life than knowing how to connect my letters ig.

  • Mustafa Safa Doğan says:

    Why every time she ending a sentence, she sounds like she’s giving her last breath? Really disturbing.

  • Luis Velasco says:

    This video is horrible, information is inaccurate, voice is terrible.The lady speaking can't even say a full clear sentence. What kind of person did this, a 12 y/o girl?

  • Rylen Cason says:

    For all the people who are not American, this channel focuses on American issues and American things, because Vox is American.
    Check the Vox Atlas series.

  • 07kattho says:

    My parents both write in cursive, although, their writing styles are quite different. I can read my mum's writing easily but my dad' is much messier! I also struggle with some of the older styles of cursive but can usually piece together what it says. I learnt some cursive in school after learning to print. My cursive is pretty messy still, even though I would practice it at home as well. I tend to add extra loops at the end of words that look like e's. It's like a hand spasm. I don't get that with printing so I with print if I want it to be clear and neat but I will use cursive for my own notes because it's faster and no matter how messy it gets I can always read it back. I am pretty sure they don't teach cursive in schools here anymore (New Zealand). Most young people print or use a mix of printing and cursive that they develop themselves. My best friend is one of the few people I know how is my age and writes in actual cursive. Her writing is beautiful too.

  • Kristine Skocpol-Saleh says:

    We were taught cursive because it is easier on our hands if we had to write for long periods of time. The reason why so few used cursive in 2006 is because they were not taught it in school. Your facts are misleading. To all the kids wondering whether they should learn it or not… It’s a lot easier on your hands if you have to write for long periods of time. It’s incredibly easy to learn. And do you honestly want to be illiterate when it comes to reading your great grandparents, grandparents or parents letters… Or reading historical documents?

  • Kristine Skocpol-Saleh says:

    The bottom line is don’t be illiterate; it’s easy to learn cursive.

  • BOOM says:

    Cursive RULESSSS

  • gory says:

    i write half print half cursive and i hate it . it makes my handwriting look messy

  • Super random 2020 says:

    Cursive is easy for me

  • Babore Thiccson says:

    How come no one speaks in cursive?

  • Im Kory says:

    80% of the time i write in cursive bcs it is faster to me 😂

  • Julian De Haas says:

    I cannot for the life of me write in print letters. I just cant

  • Bamboo Kimchi says:

    Been writing cursive for the last 17 years!

  • Selena 2002 says:

    Bad handwriting squad🤘

  • dxelson says:

    We only learnt cursive, no one taught us print. Then eventually in 5th grade when it was no longer required to write in cursive we started experimenting with print because it's everywhere and eventually learnt it. Learning print first then cursive doesn't make sense at all.

  • nn oo says:

    What should die out is the vocal fry….
    This is painful to listen to. You sound like a cheap pornstar. And from what you're saying, one that can't write.

  • Aloof F8 says:

    Learning to read cursive is important, writing it isn't.

  • xxjudasXmalicexx says:

    I love writing in cursive like I’m dyslexic and it makes it so I write and read properly

  • Offtrailed Dino says:

    LOL, we learnt how to write in cursive before reading prints here in Canada.
    Pathetic people of the US.

  • Lil Ashreksual says:

    I write in really bad cursive.

  • Maren Rønningen says:

    Pretty much everyone in Norway writes in cursive

  • Philip Lo says:

    I'm beyond middle aged, and a lot of my similar aged friends can not write cursive properly. One of them even writes like a girl in 3rd grade putting loops in every character and dotting all the i's with hearts (very very painful to read). I like writing, but now that notes are handed to students, photocopiers, and typing papers is a requirement maybe it's time for this to fade.

  • ikram Ghalmi says:

    When i discovered that American can't write in cursive I was really shocked
    I didn't understand how a developed country like united states can't write in cursive it's probably the only country that I heard the fact that they don't know how to write there proper language
    I don't understand because in my country we learn how to write in cursive sinse our childhood

    I hope that American start to procure more importance about cursive writing

  • Danter says:

    Don't pick audio samples with "umm" in them it's very stupid and annoying.

  • majda breliof says:

    In elementary and middle school my teachers were very strict about cursive writing , I stopped using it gradually since high school , now I'm 4th year university student, i don't use it at all

  • MercyBhk says:

    Well cursive writing is easier for me to write and also i can write faster xD my teachers have no problem with this 👍🏻👍🏻

  • Skrivbordslampan says:

    Vox journalists are a bunch of uneducated plebs that can’t write cursive.

  • Eric Sheppard says:

    I have written cursive ever since I learned how to write (in the early 2000s, I'm a '98). It's way faster and people who write cursive generally don't press the pencil on the paper as hard as people who print, meaning that cursive is probably better for writing exams that are multiple hours long.

  • Shae Grey says:

    I’m 14 I can read cursive but I can’t right it

  • blaze728 says:

    lmao remember in 3-5th grade when I had to do those thick cursive packets

  • Jesus Bolaños says:

    I know cursive and goes to middle school

  • BU GG says:

    I am in 7th grade and I right in cursive

  • SIKE nah says:

    I have very cursive looking handwriting, it’s very different for me to do, but I really wanted to learn calligraphy so I learned cursive.

  • Winchester Semiforce says:

    Well I just learned the short history of cursive writing ✍️

  • Bach’s Veg says:

    Her voice is weird

  • claire elisabeth says:

    Who tf cares

  • Jade Hoffmann says:

    In France we only write with cursive handwriting

  • Edward Cruz says:

    I'm 16 and I can't read nor write cursive. People need to realize not all cursive are the same. Others or literally loops and others are basically just words connected at the bottom.

  • Javier Castillo says:

    So how are these kids gonna learn to sign their names on legal document and checks?

  • Max Portwood says:

    Cursive is just normal in the uk EVERY ONE uses it , I had hand writing lessons in school

  • Carl says:

    It took me a week to learn to write cursive and it was required at my junior school (elementary) guess British schools might be a bit more demanding.

  • Mikan Tsumiki says:

    when i was in 3rd-5th grade i had to learn cursive. it was never a requirement to write in cursive for homework, and plus i was very slow at it. now being in 8th grade i have to write in cursive for english and it completely messes me up. i cant read my cursive handwriting, neither can i read cursive handwriting at all. i also hate signing things because of my handwriting/i space out the letters and make them bigger than when i use print, causing me to have my last name, which has 10 letters, to go off the line

  • Delfin says:

    I once had a teacher that gave us F's on assignments if we didn't write everything in cursive.

  • Madeline Golding says:

    Mrs.Walters: Maddie, do the worksheet.
    2nd Grade Me: Ok
    does one cursive letter poorly, then goes back to not working
    Mrs.Walters: Maddie this is something you need to learn.
    Me: Why
    Mrs.Walters: …
    gives up and walks away

  • Egor Skorzhevkskiy says:

    why people are sad hearing this?
    try living in Russia and you will wish for its death since you can barely read the cursive of random people.

  • TheNessa says:

    You can still teach it at home. I know I will when I have kids because I do want them to be able to read the constitution lol

  • sofiA says:

    2:07 The problem i see here is that you learn cursive in 3rd or 4th grade? By then we were already taught english cursive!

  • N H says:

    well this explains why america is so messed up. the politicians spend all their time dictating what handwriting kids should be using instead of focussing on the important stuff.

  • Arham Aneeq says:

    I was taught cursive in the first grade, so I never really had trouble learning. To add to that, being able to write in cursive meant I could sorta format my notes. Headings may be in block letters, but then the rest in connected script.

  • CRINGY IDK says:

    Cursive in Lithuania starts at kindergarten and ends never what is the problem dude

  • cameron burke says:

    In Ireland we were forced to do it in Primary school (my handwriting looked awful). From secondary onwards it was our choice and I chose print handwriting which is way nicer. Now my writing is a weird blend of both. My g, y, e and r are all cursive now.

  • max says:

    My class was forced to practice these cursive writing worksheets every day in fourth grade. It was very hard for me because my handwriting is already hurried and "messy" because I loop around and use shortcuts to get more words onto a page at a time. Cursive writing takes a special, practiced kind of "messy," and I found that so stupid. Why would I waste time to write letters that were already as hard to read as my own?

  • Angelica Wilson says:

    I write in cursive because in my old school I could only write in cursive, now nobody in my class can grade my papers because of my “messy” handwriting

  • Aleya MC says:

    Dude it hurts to write like that. I just stopped doing it cause is actually easier and faster to write in print. At my school everyone uses it cause is the only writing you can use from 1st grade to 6th but because I went to the U.S for sometime I really didn’t need to use it so I stopped, because why make your life hard when their is an easy way.

  • Wretched Pleb says:

    I write in cursive because nobody taught me how to write in print in elementary school (they only taught me print capital letters) but I forgot how to write some letters so I just write them in capital print like : K, J, Y

  • Josip Ćurić says:

    1:04 okay, but that just isn't readable

  • MrCrz says:

    I don't get the issue. I was required to learn cursive writing in 4th grade. Ended up abandoning it in 5th grade but started using it permanently in 6th grade and above. It allows me to write things down much quicker, which was a huge help when it came to notetaking and essays. Very few schools teach it these days, and that's a shame.

  • TheBootyPop says:

    "What are you talking about cursive is taught and required in my other country"
    Video literally only talking about the United States

  • Ectoplasmic Entity says:

    I am currently writing a children's book on paper in cursive. After a couple of pages I transfer to word document. Writing in cursive makes me more creative and is therapeutic.

  • Abhinav Mishra says:

    Am I the only one who thinks this woman talks funny?

  • jen says:

    I just use it because it goes faster when taking notes

  • idon'tknowmyname says:

    This wasn't the second system of writing in our country. All the children are basically taught A, a, cursive A and cursive a together. And I was born in 2001.
    Then as you go to middle school, you pretty stylise your handwriting, some people continue with their nostalgic loopy handwriting, while some change to a straightform.
    But everyone knows how to read and write it.

  • Tris S. says:

    I learned cursive in 3rd grade and when I transferred to a new school in 10th grade, they were so amazed I could do cursive. Wtf😩

  • Harvey Baptisma says:

    I know to right in cursive

  • Harvey Baptisma says:

    I know to right in cursive

  • PinkFreud says:

    I only write in cursive

  • CrispyFrenFry says:

    https://youtu.be/roj8JVlcuIw

  • Eva P! says:

    I just write in cursive for fun. It makes me feel fancy

  • Zeerak Ibrahim says:

    Well, nobody taught me cursive writing. I just automatically learnt it. Literally

  • doug perry says:

    told the teachers in 74 at 8yrs………..im not doing it anymore and you cant make me

  • Kawaii Panda says:

    When I was in elementary school (Mexico) , we were taught to write in cursive and even now that I don't use it as much I can still write it and read it .

  • Whizz! Bang! Boom! says:

    In England, you first learn to write in a simple cursive. You have to write in cursive for SATs in England for essays in primary school , but in secondary, they don't mind

  • Pioniere Svizzero says:

    I am proud to write in Cursive 💚💚

  • rabid heartbeats says:

    one cool thing about cursive is how my Japanese friends can't read it lol

  • 서냥 says:

    I'm the secretary inside our classroom and I know to myself that my cursive handwriting is readable. But I don't understand why my classmates cannot read a letter with a cursive form anymore.

  • George Mathew says:

    Cursive when used well looks nice. I prefer it to print writing.

  • jetblackhair92 says:

    I still use it I only started using it as a young adult. I didn't even learn it at school I just did it cause it's faster than printing.

  • Mistacole says:

    My teacher tried to teach me cursive in 3rd grade, I was never able to learn it, and cursive was never taught again, so I still don't know how to write in cursive, and more importantly I have a lot of trouble reading it.

  • Mac Miller says:

    If you want to learn on your own go head. This is pointless to teach in elementary school. Waste of time teach these kids some life skills.

  • Ryan Kingston says:

    Notice that every time she referred to cursive she called it "gorgeous" or "beautiful". She just unintentionally justified the writing of cursive without even thinking about it. Never once have i heard someone call print handwriting gorgeous or beautiful.

  • stischer47 says:

    This reminds me of a story of my best friend from Germany who could not understand the old German style of cursive using Fraktur (it was used until after WWII). He had family history documents from his grandparents, great grandparents, etc but couldn't read them. I had taught myself the skill and so transliterated (?) it from the old style to the new. If you do geneaology, almost EVERYTHING in old documents are written in cursive.

  • Sellepa Martinez says:

    In Italy they teach kids how to write in cursive so I was kinda confused when I came to England and what they called cursive was basically just joined handwriting

  • groszak1 says:

    good luck learning cursive for all sorts of characters, !"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>[email protected][]^_`abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz{|}~ ¡¢£¤¥¦§¨©ª«¬­®¯°±²³´µ¶·¸¹º»¼½¾¿ÀÁÂÃÄÅÆÇÈÉÊËÌÍÎÏÐÑÒÓÔÕÖ×ØÙÚÛÜÝÞßàáâãäåæçèéêëìíîïðñòóôõö÷øùúûüýþÿĀāĂ㥹ĆćĈĉĊċČčĎďĐđĒēĔĕĖėĘęĚěĜĝĞğĠġĢģĤĥĦħĨĩĪīĬĭĮįİıIJijĴĵĶķĸĹĺĻļĽľĿŀŁłŃńŅņŇňʼnŊŋŌōŎŏŐőŒœŔŕŖŗŘřŚśŜŝŞşŠšŢţŤťŦŧŨũŪūŬŭŮůŰűŲųŴŵŶŷŸŹźŻżŽžſƏƒƷǞǟǠǡǢǣǤǥǦǧǨǩǪǫǬǭǮǯǺǻǼǽǾǿȘșȚțȞȟɑɒɔəɛɜɥɪɲɵɼʀʃʊʌʎʏʒʳʻʼʽˆˇˈˉˌː˖˘˙˚˛˜˝˟ˮʹ͵ͺ;΄΅Ά·ΈΉΊΌΎΏΐΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩΪΫάέήίΰαβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρςστυφχψωϊϋόύώϑϕϖϗϚϛϜϝϞϟϠϡϱЀЁЂЃЄЅІЇЈЉЊЋЌЍЎЏАБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯабвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюяѐёђѓєѕіїјљњћќѝўџѢѣѲѳѴѵҐґҒғҔҕҖҗҘҙҚқҜҝҞҟҠҡҢңҤҥҦҧҨҩҪҫҬҭҮүҰұҲҳҴҵҶҷҸҹҺһҼҽҾҿӀӁӂӃӄӇӈӋӌӐӑӒӓӔӕӖӗӘәӚӛӜӝӞӟӠӡӢӣӤӥӦӧӨөӪӫӮӯӰӱӲӳӴӵӸӹḂḃḊḋḞḟṀṁṖṗṠṡṪṫẀẁẂẃẄẅẛỲỳἀἁἂἃἄἅἆἇἈἉἊἋἌἍἎἏἐἑἒἓἔἕἘἙἚἛἜἝἠἡἢἣἤἥἦἧἨἩἪἫἬἭἮἯἰἱἲἳἴἵἶἷἸἹἺἻἼἽἾἿὀὁὂὃὄὅὈὉὊὋὌὍὐὑὒὓὔὕὖὗὙὛὝὟὠὡὢὣὤὥὦὧὨὩὪὫὬὭὮὯὰάὲέὴήὶίὸόὺύὼώᾀᾁᾂᾃᾄᾅᾆᾇᾈᾉᾊᾋᾌᾍᾎᾏᾐᾑᾒᾓᾔᾕᾖᾗᾘᾙᾚᾛᾜᾝᾞᾟᾠᾡᾢᾣᾤᾥᾦᾧᾨᾩᾪᾫᾬᾭᾮᾯᾰᾱᾲᾳᾴᾶᾷᾸᾹᾺΆᾼ᾽ι᾿῀῁ῂῃῄῆῇῈΈῊΉῌ῍῎῏ῐῑῒΐῖῗῘῙῚΊ῝῞῟ῠῡῢΰῤῥῦῧῨῩῪΎῬ῭΅`ῲῳῴῶῷῸΌῺΏῼ´῾–—―‗‘’‚‛“”„†‡•…‰′″‴‹›‼‽‾‿⁄⁊⁰⁴⁵⁶⁷⁸⁹⁺⁻⁼⁽⁾ⁿ₀₁₂₃₄₅₆₇₈₉₊₋₌₍₎₣₤₧€₯ℂ℅ℓℕ№℗ℚℝ™ℤΩ℮⅛⅜⅝⅞←↑→↓↔↕↤↥↦↧↨⇐⇑⇒⇓⇔⇕∀∁∂∃∄∅∆∇∈∉∋∌∏∑−∓∕∘∙√∝∞∟∡∤∥∦∧∨∩∪∫∮∼≃≅≈≉≙≟≠≡≢≤≥≪≫⊂⊃⊄⊅⊆⊇⊈⊉⊊⊋⊕⊗⊤⊥⊦⊧⋂⋃⋅⌀⌂⌈⌉⌊⌋⌐⌕⌠⌡〈〉─│┌┐└┘├┤┬┴┼═║╒╓╔╕╖╗╘╙╚╛╜╝╞╟╠╡╢╣╤╥╦╧╨╩╪╫╬▀▄█▌▐░▒▓■□▪▫▬▲△►▼◄◊○●◘◙◦☐☑☒☺☻☼♀♂♠♣♥♦♪♫♭♮♯✓✗fffiflffiffl� to name a few

  • Graydust 007 says:

    Not in India

  • rewind time says:

    here in brazil literally everybody writes cursive

  • TIFFANY OLSTER says:

    If you don’t learn cursive, how will you be able to read a personal note written by someone who did learn it? Or something written on the white board by a teacher? As a teacher, it’s easier for me to write on the board in cursive because I don’t have to keep lifting the pen after each letter. Then some students say they can’t read what I’ve written. 😳🙄

  • I’m so lonely Oof says:

    my friends said that they all learnt cursive when they were younger and i’m like wut.

  • Yuki r1n says:

    In my country, Indonesia. Cursive is a must, at my school, we're starting to be allowed to use "normal" handwriting. But not in Language class. So my writing style kinda got mixed

    now most people, even I, can't read my own handwriting

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