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. HRH banasy

    @JIF:
    Yes.
    Pi is 4 in Indiana.
    Not 3.14444444444.
    4.
    If they were going to round it off, one would think it'd be 3....

    July 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Avser Bastian

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    July 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Avser Bastian

    COMMUNISM IN EASTERN EUROPE TODAY(2011) !!! http://sloveniatoday.blogspot.com or http://easterneuropetoday.wordpress.com/ OR COMMUNIST GENOCIDE IN "SLOVENIA" WHERE GERMANS(also Croatians in Croatia) ARE GETTING WIPED OUT TODAY IN 2011 UNDER RUSSIAN FLAG AND GREATER BYZANTINE SERBIAN(new Yugoslavia) AGENDA 66 YEARS AFTER WWII OR 20 YEARS SINCE THEIR "INDEPENDENCE"(independence on paper only) JUST AS PREVIOUSLY IN VOJVODINA. Is Merkel truly great diplomat or is simply trading our lives behind our backs with worst enemies(LIBERALISM = RETARDISM = COMMUNISM = IDIOTISM = ZIONISM = CRIME) !!? Visit also DICTATOR OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.com/ or http://avsecbostjan.wordpress.com/ ...TO LEARN WHO, HOW, AND WHY RUINED YOU…FROM 911 TO WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEES IN EXILE SEEKING ASYLUM RIGHT NOW !!! TIME TO DETERMINE WHOSE INDEPENDENCE/AMERICA, WE CELEBRATE TODAY(who want to erase us and denies us the right to exist) !!!

    July 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy,
    I think they picked 4 because it's more than 3, huh?
    @ Avser Bastian:
    Extraordinary post!
    From breast feeding to Eskimos to, my FAV, idiotism.
    Thank you.
    banasy, whadayasay?

    July 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ajd041

    Cursive isn't really needed type is print and most people use print for everything here's a compromise: they should tell them how to write their names in cursive because that's all you really need to know and they're lies cursive doesn't do anything to help spelling

    July 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sheryl

    *FACEPALM*

    July 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sheryl

    Having the discipline to think helps spelling and all of the other areas of ignorance one views here as the remains of our deceased educational system.

    July 9, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    You tell 'em, Sheryl!

    July 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    You know, somebody was just talking about "idiotism."
    Teach them to write their name, indeed!

    July 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ben

    @Concerned: perhaps instead of blaming the teachers for the children's poor grades we should start expecting parents to take an active role in their kids education. Yes there are some bad teachers but there are so many more who do everything in their power teach every snot nosed kid who comes along who's parents don't give a rat's @ss about. Are you really so misinformed to believe that people would go $40G+ in debt just to make 40 grand a year if they didn't want to teach children. Many of the bad teachers you allude to probably started out wanting to do good but after seeing so many disinterested children and parents they became disillusioned. It's time for parents to quit putting all the blame on the teachers and take an active role in their kids lives. No I'm not a teacher or a parent, just a disinterested third party who can clearly see both sides of the issue. @banasy: saw your post earlier about teaching cursive in grade school, I was going to post the same thing but you beat me to it.

    July 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexTeacher

      Thank you! I have teaching 19 years in Texas after 24 years in the military as an officer. After 10 years of teaching at a private school I decided to teach in public schools. What a mistake! Parents only seem to care about grades when their child might be cut from the sports or dance team. I had a principal and a vice principal pressure me to change a basketball player's grade. When I didn't give in they move him to another class. Every school district should have at least on school strictly for core courses (Math, Science, Languages, Social Studies, and Computer Science). No fine arts, band, sports, dance, etc. would be taught there. Give parents at least this as a choice.

      July 11, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. itsamemario

    i am eternally thankful to my second and third grade teachers for teaching me cursive, and to my eighth grade english teacher for making us do final drafts in cursive, no exceptions. as far as pi being 4 in indiana, i cant help but think of the scientist dr. frink from the simpsons trying to get a room full of talking scientists attention by yelling PI IS EXACTLY 3, which was greeted by a collective gasp from the audience. Ah good times. I guess if you tried saying that in indianna they would just be like *no, its four stupid*..

    July 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Common Sense

    They do'nt teach cursive in Texas either. I do'nt understand because it does'nt take long to learn. Cursive flows and is much faster when taking notes. Cursive is also harder to forge.

    July 10, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Kate Gladstone

      I assume that in Texas they don't teach where to put the apostrophes, either.

      July 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Notice what time I'm posting this.
    I'm up to travel to out-of-town work.
    If school pupils and their parents especially, and teachers and administrators in the USA had a good work ethic, there would be no problem with these schools.
    Parents wouldn't be complaining that cursive script was now "culturally irrelevant" and too hard for Johnny to learn.
    The only culturally relevant thing many of these primarily illiterate kids will ever do in cursive or print is sign a welfare check that I pay for in taxes because I work.

    July 10, 2011 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Fine, culturally deluded sponges who want to "compromise" by learning only enough to write their names on government checks.
    That's why I'll continue to advocate taking away your free ride through life.
    That's what "worthless human life" means.
    You don't do s"!t.
    Why should you eat?

    July 10, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Hi, Jazzzzzzz.
    Morning!
    I have to catch a plane to work!

    July 10, 2011 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
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