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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Pi is 4 in Indiana.
If they were going to round it off, one would think it'd be 3....
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I think they picked 4 because it's more than 3, huh?
@ Avser Bastian:
From breast feeding to Eskimos to, my FAV, idiotism.
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
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.
You tell 'em, Sheryl!
You know, somebody was just talking about "idiotism."
Teach them to write their name, indeed!
@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.
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.
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*..
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.
I assume that in Texas they don't teach where to put the apostrophes, either.
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.
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?
I have to catch a plane to work!
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