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April 14, 2013

Locals divided about need for cursive

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Bert Supernaw: “Do we still teach Cuneiform and Linear A or B to each of our grade-school children? I’m hoping not. To be efficient in the office or technical workplace, proper and fluent typing should be as effortless as breathing. Block print is sufficient to the base needs of school instruction. The days of secretaries hand-scribing pages and letters is long past. Evolve, or we go the way of the dodo. If you would like your child to know Cursive, Calligraphy, Tangut or whatever, feel free to teach them at home like a responsible parent.”

Michelle Fournier-Dyke: “I was a technical writer for years. Cursive writing is what an adult will need the majority of the time when not keyboarding because cursive writing is much faster than printing. My kids hardly got any time spent on cursive in school following learning how to print. I’m embarrassed for them when I see them sign a card and now have to try to catch them up myself. Next up is the lack of learning spelling, which helps build vocabulary (this is why i don’t buy into spell check only.) We need to bring the basics back to the schools so they can build on these skills and move up to the tech stuff.”

Phyllis Klein: “Those who ask whether cursive writing or technology should be taught in school are asking the wrong question. The right question is how do we continue to teach both so that our students are properly prepared to communicate. There are many reasons why we should continue to teach cursive writing; here are the most important.

  1. Cursive writing helps students develop fine motor skills;
  2. Handwriting stimulates parts of the brain linked to learning to read;
  3. Writing in cursive may help students retain material as evidenced by recent research on college students;
  4. Some experts believe that cursive writing can reduce tendencies among early readers to transpose letters;
  5. Cursive writing is historically important. Original documents have been produced in cursive for several generations.

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