The curlicue letters of cursive handwriting, once considered a mainstay of American elementary education, have been slowly disappearing from classrooms for years. Now, with most states adopting new national standards that don’t require such instruction, cursive could soon be eliminated from most public schools.
For many students, cursive is becoming as foreign as ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. In college lecture halls, more students take notes on laptops and tablet computers than with pens and notepads. Responding to handwritten letters from grandparents in cursive is no longer necessary as they, too, learn how to use email, Facebook and Skype.
And educators, seeking to prepare students for a successful future in which computer and typing skills have usurped penmanship,are finding cursive’s relevance waning,especially with leaner school budgets and curricula packed with standardized testing prep. So they’re opting not to teach it anymore.
We’re not surprised since the Common Core State Standards don’t address or require cursive handwriting. After all why teach something that’s “irrelevant” right?
Since we all know these standards are “well researched” and “internationally benchmarked” I’m sure they didn’t overlook the recent study that shows how handwriting helps with learning how to write, spell, and how it helps with things like motor skills.
Besides do they really think we’re always going to have a laptop, phone or tablet to take notes on? Handwriting is a building block to learning and it shouldn’t be ignored.
Shane Vander Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Caffeinated Thoughts, a popular Christian conservative blog in Iowa. He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, a social media & communications consulting/management firm, along with serving as the communications director for American Principles Project’s Preserve Innocence Initiative. Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings. He has taught Jr. High History along with being the Dean of Students for Christian school in Indiana. Shane and his wife home school their three teenage children and have done so since the beginning. He has recently been recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa. Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA. You can connect with Shane on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or connect with him on Google +.
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