States fight to save cursive handwriting
New curriculum standards are threatening traditional penmanship, and educators and lawmakers are rebelling.
By Christopher Freeburn
It might be a sign of the times.
Under new federal educational guidelines, 45 states have halted efforts to teach cursive handwriting to students. Cursive is being abandoned as students rely increasingly on computers, tablets and other means of digital communication.
So while cursive is out, typing is in under the new Common Core curriculum standards that are being adopted nationwide.
However, the change isn’t sitting well with all teachers.
In seven states, educators and lawmakers are opposing the shift away from cursive, UPI reports.
The idea that students would lose the ability to read cursive writing -- in which many historical documents are written -- has prompted a push to restore cursive instruction to schools in California, Indiana, Idaho, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, Utah and Kansas.
One North Carolina state representative leading a legislative effort to restore cursive to the state’s curriculum discussed the issue late last month, saying, “We’re still using (cursive) in everyday things.”
The Common Core isn't abandoning handwriting altogether -- the curriculum does provide for regular block-letter writing.
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Signatures are important identifiers. Everyone should learn cursive period.
No civics classes, no history, no handwriting until finally, no public schools.,
That is the goal of the wealthy elites like the Koch Brothers. Only the elites get an education and then only the elites will be able to run the country. We lower classes will be too stupid to defend our most basic rights.
Keep defunding public education and that is our future.
Cutting out learning is not a good thing.
There have been studies that show that the motions needed to write in cursive aid in brain development in kids. Regardless of whether or not the schools teach it, my kids will learn it. I hate writing in cursive, but that doesnt mean its not useful. I also hate parallel parking and doing multiplication and division in my head. Just because a car can do it for me and my cell phone has a calculator doesn't mean I shouldn't know how to do them. I feel sorry for kids that are going through the education system. They're being deprived of practical skills due to budget cuts.
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