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Robert Winner


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Should cursive writing be required in schools?

Only three state have made cursive a part of the core curriculum requirements while 45 states require proficiency in computer keyboarding at the elementry level. Some states have made cursive optional.

Has our society advanced to the point of where handwriting has become unnecessary.

What impacts can you see on not being able to write in cursive. Could printing be just as acceptable?


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  • Dec 3 2012: Re:
    "Kate: s/he is the shortened she and/or he"

    I would have thought so, too, but of course I'd immediately realized that it wouldn't have made any sense because what you'd written was "let s/he" ... and expanding that to "let she and/or he" wouldn't have made any more sense than the original. If "let him or her" is the intent, wouldn't the abbreviated version be "let him/her"? I'm trying to figure out why, and where, a (presumably) native speaker of English would use "let s/he" instead of "let him/her." Have I been wrong, all these years, to have "him" and "her" in my vocabulary? I'd thought that I spoke this language pretty well ...

    " .... whalla in general means there it is"

    I don't understand the phrase "means there it is." Of course I'm familiar, like most literate user of English, with the word "voilà" — pronounced "vwa-LA," borrowed from French, and meaning _precisely_ "there it is." Magicians, of course, often use that word. Could you have had "voilà" in mind, and not bothered much about how to spell it or pronounce it?
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      Dec 3 2012: A few years ago all texts were changed from the generality of "he" or "him" to include both sexes and the term s/he came into effect and was substuted for all "he" or "him" in texts. Shooting the messenger will not help.

      Walla or voila ... a rose is a rose by any other name. Please contact the magicians union to issue a change.

      Does either of the corrections you suggest impact the question of cursive writing?

      Thanks for your reply. Bob.

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