Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cursive is, like, so last century

California schools are dropping cursive:
Ask about 40 high school students to write three sentences, and without exception the assignments come back in printing — neat or scrawled, but not in script.

"I've forgotten how to write cursive," said Alexis Miller, a sophomore at Los Altos High School.

"Cursive has a lot of unnecessary loops," said her classmate David Kay. "It seems to be really inefficient."

Still taught in third grade and practiced in fourth, cursive then vanishes from state standards, a victim of the push to prepare students for state tests and make them computer literate.


KateGladstone said...

Those who still care about handwriting should know that at least some of the "computer literate" set still care, too. A company that develops software for the iPhone, iPodTouch, and the forthcoming iPad -- Deep Pocket Series Software -- has released "Better Letters," a handwriting instruction course which runs on these popular devices: customers include a growing number of children, teens, and parents.

For more information, visit http://www.tinyURL.com/BetterLettersApp or follow the Better Letters handwriting links on the handwriting instruction resource site http://www.HandwritingThatWorks.com .

Anonymous said...

Well it's another way of 'dumbing down' American students---you know, you CANT PRINT YOUR SIGNATURE! My daughter doesn't write in cursive (it's not required) but she CAN sign her name. She doesn't use it much because she's a perfectionist and doesn't like practicing it so she just prints

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