First of all, why is cursive given less of a priority in classrooms? Teachers are crunched for time as they prepare for standardized tests and given the choice, many choose typing and printing over the time-consuming task of teaching cursive. Time that used to be spent forming the loops and curves of cursive handwriting is now spent in computer labs, learning the layout of the keyboard and how to type quickly in this internet-driven information age. Most states have agreed to national curriculum standards that do not include cursive, and instead focus on typing, says Christina Hoag of the Associated Press. California is one of the few states to include a cursive requirement.
My 11 year old started middle school last week and he was asked to cosign a permission slip with me for PE (Yes, they still have that too). The following article first appeared in "The Blumenfeld Education Letter" September 1994 issue.
We are rapidly seeing the end to cursive writing, which many around the office aren’t exactly happy about, but I say good riddance. Today, the Kansas Board of Education will decide on eliminating cursive writing from their schools, putting typing in its place. As a future teacher currently working on her English Education degree, and I actually agree with this decision. I’m guessing you think compound sentences are a waste of time in one’s academic career, too? You state that you are a future teacher working on your English Education degree to add weight to your argument. Learning cursive, especially in elementary school, teaches hand eye coordination, fine motor skill development, and left to right eye tracking. Because I didn’t meticulously proofread an internet comment, my BA and year of MAE work is automatically discredited?
And typing wouldn’t teach hand-eye coordination, fine motor skill development, or left to right eye tracking? I’m not exactly sure why you seem to have a massive stick up your ass, but I suggest you dislodge it immediately. For those of us who learned it the hard way by practicing, practicing and practicing to get the good grade in penmanship it is a hard pill to accept that it is no longer necessary.
I think it shouldn’t be removed, but instead as Audrey , said moved further down in education. As someone who deals with faxing doctors numerous times because their handwriting is illegible, I say good fucking riddance.
I learned cursive in 2nd grade, was told never to use it in 5th, and began learning typing in 4th. If their is significant proof that it develops parts of the brain that typing doesn’t it should be kept in moderation.
But if it doesn’t do anything for developing our brains, especially with how much teachers are expected to cram into lessons (Certainly in England) then yeah get rid of Cursive.
When following the rules doesn’t work as well as breaking them, it’s time to re-write and upgrade the rules.
Reading cursive still matters — this takes just 30 to 60 minutes to learn, and can be taught to a five- or six-year-old if the child knows how to read.
Remember, too: whatever your elementary school teacher may have been told by her elementary school teacher, cursive signatures have no special legal validity over signatures written in any other way. When I was going to grade school, you were thought printing only until first grade then you were thought how to write like an adult, that is in cursive.
Its sad that its being taken out of schools but its true no one really uses it anymore other than to sign their name.
The only thing that seems crazy to me about this is that some places are still teaching people how to write cursive. It’s sad so many future educators think learning cursive is strictly about a writing style. It fully explains why cursive definitely should be considered ahead of printing and why that was always how schools actually taught prior to the late 1930's. There are few things that help enhance a child's academic self-esteem more than the development of good handwriting.
And thus they have accomplished something I never thought possible: Putting me in agreement with the Kansas Board of Education. In Hawaii, Indiana and Florida, districts have already completely done away with teaching cursive writing. Knowing the language is obviously invaluable–knowing a particular method (which is hardly ever used) of expressing that language is another matter entirely. Kathryn you bring up a good point with left to right tracking, but typing achieves the same goals. I’m an IT student, and imagine how many clients would I have if I harassed them about how they misuse a computer.
The more you Learn the better off you are even if it’s something as low on the poll as writing in cursive or learning to divide or multiply. Aside from learning cursive for its own sake, cursive writing is important because it helps a child to develop better fine motor skills. One of the big things I see as a college student is that we don’t write physical copies of anything.
It’s actually quite sad when I have to teach others something I learned in elementary school and use daily.
Maybe adopt note taking on computer and then revised notes on paper like we’re taught to do at university.
They join only some letters, not all of them: making the easiest joins, skipping the rest, and using print-like shapes for those letters whose cursive and printed shapes disagree. The discontinuance of cursive offers a great opportunity to teach some better-functioning form of handwriting that is actually closer to what the fastest, clearest handwriters do anyway. But I agree with the above article, cursive is an archaic art form now, practiced only by people like me that turned 80 before they hit puberty. But that shouldn’t stop parents from teaching their kids of they want them to have that skill.
It helps reading, it helps spelling, and because writing is made easy, accurate, and esthetically pleasant, it helps thinking. In Pitt County, North Carolina, they will be taught print writing until the third grade, when they will go into typing. Like sometimes I connect certain letters out of habit (I suppose) from having a slight want to remember the style of writing. I was never good at it in school but now that I’m older I still try from time to time. It take NOTHING to teach a child (especially this upcoming generation) to type letters on a keyboard. If we can start teaching our kids to at least write legible Tweets that don’t use the N-word, then I say let the curly crap die. Middle school students would learn the material in less than half the time it takes a third grader. While writing lessons have, over time, decreased, which shouldn’t happen, print writing does the same stuff to your brain as cursive. So unless we are getting rid of the handwritten word entirely, cursive writing must still be taught to young children. We have gone the way of digital writing so unless we make a U-turn and make it necessary for documents, well there isn’t a point. You learn letters and words at school, you go home and you type them on your computer, tablet, or smartphone when you’re doing your assignments.
They are going to be around the PC anyways doing all manner of stuff, they can learn on there own there.
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