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Is it harmful to give up teaching cursive writing in school?   The Real You: Personality Poll

Started 10/9/20 by Showtalk; 4915 views.
kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

10/9/20

Try doing genealogy using one of the big 3 organizations that joined forces to translate all the old records online to "help" researchers.
My Dora became Sara. A Polish name starting with a traditional "Przy" became "Try". All are messed up because no one being paid knows how to interpret the old, ornate handwriting, most of it in the pre 20th century. Some of the translated names can be quite hillarious but that is not part of genealogy and prevents researchers from wanting to copy and post the garbage created. The original online records were translated by caring volunteers who were genealogists but their work was replaced.
Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

10/9/20

It’s going to get worse as people who can read cursive age out of jobs and new ones working on old materials can’t read them.  It’s sad. If they don’t want to teach children to write at least teach them to read it.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

10/9/20

It irks me, a lot. Sort of like losing an ancient language.
kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

10/9/20

It irks me, a lot. Sort of like losing an ancient language.
Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

10/9/20

Yes, except it’s English. We are losing part of our linguistic culture.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

10/9/20

Yes. In the meantime people with other languages are still speaking the languagesof their ancestors in their family homes.
Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

10/9/20

Yes, many are.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

10/9/20

I wish my generation had been taight to speak the language of my ancestors. My ggf said this was America and he wanted his children to speak perfect English.
Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

10/9/20

Most European immigrants felt the same way.  Their children all learned English. If they were lucky they picked up the other language at home.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

10/9/20

My ggf from Norway didn't allow his children to speak Norwegian or Russian. He said they were Americans and should speak only English. However, my grandma got sick in AK and lived with big Norwegian family in SF and she did not sound like her siblings at all. I suspect she learned a lot from the family other than cooking while living there.
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