Cursive writing a thing of the past in Indianna

| October 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Elegant penmanship used to be a prized education outcome in the one-roomed schoolhouse. In July 2011, however, Indiana joined a growing list of American states that no longer require schools to teach cursive writing. Mastery of keyboarding skills in junior school is the new mandate.

Cursive handwriting has been deleted from the Common Core curriculum, a movement in 46 states to agree to common education standards. The decision to abandon cursive has not been universally accepted. Some parents have complained that, even in a digital age, students will still need to sign their names. Others wonder how children will decipher handwritten memorabilia handed down through the generations.

Teachers have claimed that cursive is an art that requires only 10 minutes practice a day. Other educators maintain that learning cursive brings with it the skill of coordination. The debate around handwriting isn’t new. In many parts of the world, cursive has given way to proficiency in print as curricula become more crowded. Those in favour of abandoning hand-produced loops and curves argue that keyboarding means less anguish for left-handers, and increased speed and legibility for everyone. Some researchers add that keyboarding will remove the judgements attached to poor penmanship.

Category: e-Education, Spring 2011

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