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The History of Cursive Handwriting

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The History of Cursive Handwriting
Cursive handwriting is a type of handwriting in which the letters flow together. It goes back 5000 years, close to the birth of writing. Back in the old days, government scribes had to write swift without picking up their quill, resulting in cursive. Romans used writing for transaction and correspondence.
The Alphabet
The Greek alphabet is thought to be the origin of all European alphabets. The Greek adapted the Semitic letters, adding in vowels.
Types of Cursive
Calligraphy, meaning 'beautiful writing', is a form of art. It survived the dark ages.
Platt Rogers Spencer designed the Spencerian method of cursive handwriting. It is used in the original Coca Cola logo.
D'Nealian script was invented by Austin Norman Palmer, which consisted of loopy characters between horizontal lines.
Cursive in the Olden Days
After the Roman Empire, penmanship became a common practice.
Cursive in Modern Day
"I was shocked because every legal document requires a signature. And do we even expect the parents to teach it? Do we expect the kids to learn on their own?" -Sylvia Hughes
Future without Cursive
Dyslexic people have difficulty writing in cursive and spelling. 46 states replaced cursive with keyboarding, helping dyslexics develop their writing skills.
Keyboarding lessons replace handwriting lessons.
The 3R's: writing, reading, arithmetic is replaced to keyboarding, reading, arithmetic.
Sylvia Hughes founded a cursive club at Nellie K. Parker Elementary School.
Letters sometime flowed like modern cursive and earlier versions of lowercase letters by the fifth century AD.
In the late eighth century, Charlemagne ordered an English monk to design a standard set of cursive with:
lowercase letters
word separation
Cursive came into the US by the 1800s.
Tools for Calligraphy
calligraphy pen
Uses of Calligraphy
wedding invitation
school announcement
Christmas card
There is little need for good penmanship except to occasionally sign your name. In some cases, those signs turns out to be an illegible scribble rather than cursive.
People will not be able to read or write in cursive, if education programs continue to cut out cursive. The Constitution and other great documents must be 'deciphered' to read.
National Handwriting Day was established in 1977. It is on January 23, the birthday of John Hancock.
Scribes wrote with quills and reeds cut to a chisel-like shape.
By the 1700s penmanship schools begun educating cursive writing.
Professions, social ranks, and gender influenced the style of cursive.
However, in the 1800s, US children received little penmanship training.
Will it end here?
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