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10/31/2013

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Sean Molles

It is disheartening to know we live in a world where the fictional portrayal of the food industry in “The Scarecrow” is not too far off. Obviously there are not mechanical crows ordering around scarecrows but, concerning the products we eat, it is not always what it seems. Chipotle's attempt at distancing themselves from the rest of the fast food industry, though admirable, was dishonest. When it is all said and done, Chipotle is major fast food company who's main goal is to be profitable. If this means they have to make a smear add designed to appear as an honest eye-opening message then so be it. It should be noted that Chipotle uses pounds on pounds of meat daily and did not show them doing so in their “Scarecrow” add. As nice as it would be for us to live in a world where we get out meat directly from a farm where everything is pure and fresh, it's not possible. With the world's population at what it is at and with the time needed for un-altered animals to mature, it would not be possible to feed everyone. There are ways to provide the families who are interested in having only the freshest, farm-grown food but, the reality of the matter is that we need genetically altered chickens and cows. The demand for meat will not decrease at anytime so we must do what is necessary. The living situations for these animals does not have to be as cruel as it is. These animals are contained in tight cages where they can hardly move and are treated inhumanly. This being said, we as people cannot expect fast food places to be hold to the standard of pure farm-fresh food. Chipotle attempting to come across as being different, is fine, until they lead people to believe false truths.

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Taylor

The schools where I am from are ones that have taken out the teaching of cursive writing and I know that most of the teachers were very mad. Some of them still teach it when they get the chance. I however did learn how to write in cursive when I was younger along with my fellow classmates, but once we entered middle school we were never required to use it so many of us never practiced. Therefore when we all went to take the ACT our senior year and we had to write one sentence in cursive it took us almost as long as filling out the rest of the information did, which is very sad. I wish that the younger me would have kept up with my cursive writing because I believe it is very important to be able to write a letter that people will want to read just due to its sheer beauty when you look at it. I am sad to know that the younger generation will never know the struggle as a second grader trying to figure out what seems to be a new language, and then playing around with it to get your signature that you will sign when you become famous.

Daniel Souder

Cursive was the font of all handwriting for an extended point in our history, but compared with many other things, there will always be a time where things must change because of how much society is too. Basically, we can not prolong the inevitable so to speak. George and George made controversial statements that encourage the continuation of cursive, and vice versa. Cursive is an artistic and official way of writing down letters, essays, signatures, and dates, but times change and older forms need to move on as well. In the least shallow way said, cursive is a beautiful form of writing, but humans are stimulated by the new styles popping out everyday and they can't help but forget what they used to know. In reference to the NASA space pen; the pen is what brought this country together. It holds great meaning to our country, so for the USA to be able to design a pen that can withstand the space environment it must be included in this essay. This third question does not relate to each other what so ever. There is a major difference between Abraham Lincoln signing his name on an official document for the rest of America to see and judge, than the average american posting a tweet about what he is eating for lunch that day. If we are talking of social media, of course we are not making a mark. These social media sites were made to release our emotions to the rest of our 200 friends, not to construct a legal document and post it as a tweet. I was personally taught cursive starting in 6th grade when I moved to Florida. Cursive was a whole new way of writing. After a while, I began making my own font that many others do (mixing cursive with print). Getting the basics of cursive down helped my flow with writing in print astronomically. I could have written this faster than typing it on the computer.

Evan Keeney

Eliminating cursive is like getting rid of an old form of art. In the 18th and 19the century, cursive was a status symbol. The better an individuals penmanship was, the higher the status of the individual, and the more educated certain people were. A very rich tradition of how to mark your prestige amongst other people. Tradition is important and has great meaning for the future.
As a student myself, I learned cursive in second-grade. Developing my penmanship until around fifth-grade, then I developed my own version of writing; a mixture of cursive and regular print. I'm proud of my hand writing, without the fancy cursive my hand writing would be extremely boring.

Amanda Magoon

Bobby and June George tackle the controversy of cursive writing, whether it should be taught in schools and the general principle of it, in their article "Why we shouldn't write off cursive." Throughout the article, it is clear that the Georges feel like cursive writing gets an unnecessarily bad reputation due to its "old fashioned" style. They acknowledge the fact that type and print are taking over the writing world due to all of the new technology coming out, but they still advocate for cursive being taught in school. The Georges believe that cursive and handwriting gives an aesthetic that type cannot and it preserves the meaning in letters and words in general. Comparing it with a quote from Abraham Lincoln, cursive writing is of high importance to Booby and June George.
I agree with the Georges that learning cursive handwriting should be kept as a priority in schools because my experience with it has been useful and meaningful. I was taught cursive writing in grade school, and at the time I thought nothing of it, but it now has a greater meaning. The classic movements and script gives an important and historical feel to any writing. The quality and beauty that is cursive handwriting adds a layer of meaning with each letter, article, or note. I believe that it allows for a deeper understanding of things just as the Georges mentioned. Children should continue to learn this basic form of writing so that the foundations of this society are not lost.

Andrew Tesmacher

Our society is progressively becoming more and more digital minded, this is bound to have an impact on the traditional educational system. To learn that an old fashioned writing system, such as cursive, is becoming less common does not come as much of a surprise. New generations will learn new things, and this generation is familiar with technology to interact and communicate, and it is much more effective than any physical mailing system. I do, however, believe that the old fashioned writing system should be kept around, as penmanship is an under appreciated art in this modern technological age.

Emilee LeMaire

As stated in the essay by George and George, people take different sides on whether or not cursive writing should be taught in schools. I believe that cursive writing should be taught in schools because it can increase brain activity and can result in higher academic performance. In my elementary school I learned how to write cursive and I feel like it helped me in the long run. Even though our society is increasingly becoming more digitally inclined, I still believe that cursive handwriting should be preserved.

It is understandable that cursive writing is becoming a speck in the distance. New generations learn new things and this generation is familiar with using technology for communication and is considering much easier than mailing a letter. It is easy to understand why cursive writing is becoming less popular because our society using many other ways to communicate. However, with that being said, I believe that we should keep teaching cursive writing in schools because it is an under appreciated art form that from personal experience has helped me. Its beauty and quality adds meaning to any letter or note and this basic form of writing should not be lost.

Nazli Islam

I feel that cursive should continue to be taught in schools. Many feel that cursive should be discontinued because it no longer holds any relevance, especially with computers, cursive is simply out of date. It may be true that cursive requires more effort than typing, but I believe that cursive is worth the effort. George and George give the example of Abraham Lincoln, one of the our nation's greatest presidents, how he understood the significance of his own handwriting. As much as a person's use of diction or tone affects their style, their penmanship does as well. Each stroke adds feeling and emphasis to their work. Typing something lessens the expression because in writing, like painting, each stroke means something different and adds unique feeling. The loss of cursive would be the loss of an important form of art. When I was in third grade, they began teaching me cursive, but eventually it stopped and I took it into my own hands and researched how to do it. It would be more encouraging to other students if the school had continued to teach cursive. I am glad that I pursued cursive because I feel that I have my own personal expression. Cursive is an art that should still be taught in schools.

Naomi Peng

As seen in the text by George and George, there are two different views about cursive and whether or not it should continued to be taught in schools. I learned cursive in 2nd grade and although we did not practice it as much as I would have liked, it was still a great skill that I was able to learn in the earlier years of my life. Even though I find myself writing in print far more than cursive, I still believe cursive should be taught in school because it
enhances brain activity and it is a beautiful form of art.

But, I can see why others might be against the teaching of cursive. We have entered a new era where technology rules society, and therefore writing in cursive is no longer necessary or relevant. However, cursive is a beautiful form of art which enhances the writers expressions and emotions as they write. George and George remind us that Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of his handwriting and knew that it would impact many people if not done properly because it would express and give off false vibes. Although typing on a computer may be faster and easier to read, this same emotion can not be felt through a typed text. Many also argue that cursive is not needed for academic success. But these people can be proven wrong because cursive is more challenging than print and it stimulates the brain which can lead to increased comprehension and participation, which is something print does not offer. The beauty of cursive should not be taken away from schools.

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