Originally Posted by kindchen
I don't understand the idea that cursive is faster to write than printing. I can print very fast, and although I learned cursive in school, it seems so laborious and slow. The only thing I ever write in cursive is my signature.
I'm trying to imagine the scenario where lacking the ability to write in cursive could hinder a person's career. Really? I've worked in various demanding, interesting fields, and I've certainly never been asked to write in cursive. On the contrary, we live in the 21st century, when typing skills are paramount. If the OP's son is interested in learning to type, I would absolutely encourage that rather than insisting on an obsolete form of communication.
A young man or woman is taking a college class. There is a pop quiz and students are asked to grade each other's papers while the professor goes over the test (this happened most every day for me in college chemistry which is why I use this example). The cursive-illiterate student has to ask the person who exchanged test with them what each word says. It's both embarrassing and disruptive. It could, in theory, cause the student's grade to be lower if the professor didn't like the constant interruptions. It could also play out as a student being unable to participate in a study group because the students exchange papers for proofreading and some of the other students have chosen to handwrite, rather than type, their rough draft (I did this frequently in college since I had to walk quite a ways to a computer lab to print anything as I didn't have a printer in my dorm room).
The student has now been hired by a local business. In a group of employees the new employee is given a handwritten memo. The employee must ask someone else to read the memo to them because they don't know how to read cursive script. The employee is now looked upon as less than intelligent and is eventually passed over for promotions.
The employee gets a new job as an executive assistant. They do lots of tasks such as running errands and planning the logistics of meetings. One day they are asked to write up some quick place cards for a business lunch. After they are written in print the boss asks that they be redone in script so as to look nicer for the new clients coming in. The employee cannot write in cursive and must either admit it or quickly find someone else to do it.
The employee is now is this meeting and is handed a list by the boss. The boss tells the employee to go fetch these items quickly. The employee cannot read the cursive the note is written in, cannot find anyone to translate it, and must admit to the boss that they never learned how to read cursive. It would take a really nice boss to keep someone like this on their payroll in the business world.
A student decides to become a teacher and is unable to correct work turned in by students who write in cursive. Parents complain that their child's homework takes too long because the teacher insists it must be printed.
This isn't regarding school or a job but can you imagine receiving a formal invitation and not being able to read it? Any time an adult who does not know how to read cursive or can only read it with much trouble is in a situation where they have to read it, especially in front of others, they will be embarrassed and be viewed as uneducated.
I know these are all really specific situations but they are to illustrate that knowing how to read and write cursive is an important and not yet antiquated skill. Learning typing skills is very important but so is cursive.