Educators warn of negative effects of not teaching cursive in schools
Lauren Sanchez teaches cursive writing to third graders at St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Burbank, California.
July 8th, 2011
09:34 PM ET

Educators warn of negative effects of not teaching cursive in schools

Handwriting experts and educators worry that Indiana's choice to stop teaching cursive in schools could negatively affect a child's ability to learn.

The Indiana Department of Education joined 39 other states in adopting the Common Core curriculum, an initiative to phase out cursive writing in classrooms in favor of providing students more time to hone digital skills.

But some believe the move could adversely affect children.

"The fluidity of cursive allows, I think, for gains in spelling and a better tie to what they are reading and comprehending through stories and such and through literature," said Paul Sullivan, principal of St. Francis Xavier Elementary School in Burbank, California.

"I think there’s a firmer connection of wiring between the brain’s processes of learning these skills and the actual practice of writing."

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  1. Sandy

    Yeah, good choice. Lets make kids stupid. Way to go! If the child moves from Indiana as an adult to another state, looks for work and prints everything, the potential employer will never hire them over people who use cursive. They will think the person is borderline illiterate. I know I would think that. Is Indiana going to change where it says "Signature Here" and replace with "Please Print Here"? Amazing. Teachers not wanting to teach and the law making it legal.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Helga

      No employer makes applicants write in cursive. Applications are completed by printing. Resumes are typed. The use of cursive is outdated and getting more irrelevant by the minute. No one, including most of you, requires their children to write thank you letters or even print their own party invites. Our culture no longer uses cursive.

      July 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ Jazzzzzzz:
    Not a troll. I wrote all those JIF posts above.
    If you disagree with one, read it again and see whether it can't make sense to you.
    ALL EXCEPT–of course I'm not 115 years old. That's a lie/joke.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. HRH banasy

    @Jazzzzzzz:

    That was JIF Real, I think.
    He's always said he's 115.

    As for this cursive thing, if one thinks other states won't follow, one would be mistaken.
    Of course, Indiana is also the state that has pi's value as being 4.
    It's on the books.
    I swear.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. HRH banasy

    @Helga:

    So....the applicants don't sign their applications?
    I know I did when I was applying.
    Do you print your name when you endorse your checks?
    I don't.
    Do you print your name on your credit card receipts?
    I don't.
    Do you print your name for your driver's license?
    I don't.
    Do you just put an X where you're supposed to sign your name?
    I don't.
    Even with all the technology today, even with all of the devices in use today, electronic signatures require one thing: a *signature*.
    I don't use algebra a whole lot today, but I'm glad I was taught it.

    July 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bush led us....

    .....go take a nap.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    How lazy can one be?
    Helga, if your "culture" rejects cursive script, you have no culture.
    You can tell yourself that an inability to do anything requiring discipline, practice, and thought is a "culture," and you can brag about your "culture," but actually you have no culture.
    You could never function with persons of culture.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "I can read and text, but I can't read and write."
    Sounds good, huh?

    July 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. HRH banasy

    @JIF:
    Word.

    July 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I regret that CNN's digital genius Hal, Jr.,rejected my description of trying to register at the Connaught Hotel in London accompanied by a companion who believed that the ability to sign one's name in cursive script had become culturally irrelevant.
    Also–I know already, so don't post this, Helga: you don't want to stay at the Connaught because it's culturally irrelevant.

    July 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Way to stick it....

    ....to Helga, Joey Isotta-Fraschini.

    July 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Always thought that....

    ....Jazzzzzz was nice. I was wrong.

    July 9, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HRH banasy

    @Jazzzzz:

    What I'd do now?

    July 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. HRH banasy

    @Jazzz:
    Ahhh. Okay. You, too.

    July 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It's true? Pi is 4 there?
    Really?

    July 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Or you mean that they stop digits at 4?
    3.14?

    July 9, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
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