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    Quote Originally Posted by Bert Kemp View Post
    I have read every post but I did read a lot of them. sorry if someone else brought it up. So are high school graduating class of 2021 can't read theseAttachment 459814Attachment 459815How sad and unacceptable
    Have you considered that it's been a very, very, very long time since anyone had to read the original, hand-written versions? These are very important documents and the text of each have been transcribed many many times. Those are extremely hard to read by most people including those of us who grew up learning cursive. I certainly didn't "learn" them in school in the 1970s by reading the original handwritten text! The cursive we learned wasn't anything like these documents are written in, too. So yes, kids today to read these in school...they read the words and learn the significance. So for me, the argument just doesn't wash...cursive isn't required to read, learn and understand important things because nearly 100% of anything like that is available in non-cursive form, pretty much "on demand" and from anywhere.
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    FWIW- many days when I have so many things to do I get dizzy trying to keep track,
    I write things down on a 3x5 spiral notepad that I hang around my neck. It's the
    only "I Pad" I'll ever own. Handwriting is still a necessary skill IMO, and doing it in cursive
    is MUCH faster than lifting the pencil for every letter!
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    I use the Notes app on my iDevices and Mac for that, Kev. Different strokes...
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    Handwriting is still a necessary skill IMO, and doing it in cursive
    is MUCH faster than lifting the pencil for every letter!
    My 'printing' is faster than my cursive. Who says the pencil has to be lifted for every letter? My printing is all caps and there is usually a trace of ink or pencil between the letters.

    Though sometimes when writing very neatly my pen or pencil is lifted between letters.

    In college, one of my classes was in calligraphy. That isn't used often.

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    Kev you call that MYpad LOL and I write my notes down too, on a piece of paper on my desk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becker View Post
    I use the Notes app on my iDevices and Mac for that, Kev. Different strokes...
    If voice to text works well maybe it's as fast as writing in cursive. If I had to use a screen keyboard in lieu of written notes it would seriously slow me down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Harms View Post
    If voice to text works well maybe it's as fast as writing in cursive. If I had to use a screen keyboard in lieu of written notes it would seriously slow me down.
    I use voice to text a lot at this point for texting...both with my phone and with my watch including using CarPlay in our vehicles,...but I haven't tried it yet with Notes. I suspect it will work just fine given it's the same speech engine. I have punctuation down so it's pretty much automatic when I'm doing speech to text at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Williams View Post


    FWIW- many days when I have so many things to do I get dizzy trying to keep track,
    I write things down on a 3x5 spiral notepad that I hang around my neck. It's the
    only "I Pad" I'll ever own. Handwriting is still a necessary skill IMO, and doing it in cursive
    is MUCH faster than lifting the pencil for every letter!
    A week ago I mentioned this to a friend who is much older than me, his response was surprising

    "You graduated and yet you can't read Latin. When I graduated from high School we needed a basic comprehension of Latin. Has this lack of a basic skill hindered you?"

    I think cursive will be viewed as Latin, required for some professions, irrelevant for most...........Rod.

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