April 14, 2013

Cursive instruction declining in area schools


Such concerns are valid, noted Kelly, but it’s hard to know just how limiting cursive illiteracy would be.

For example, she said, technology may soon allow people to electronically convert scripted documents into plain text.

“I kind of understand both sides of the coin,” said Ginene Mason, principal of AuSable Forks Elementary School, where students continue to learn cursive.

Technology is important, she said, and kids are increasingly being asked to complete tasks that require it.

At the same time, Mason noted, “I think it’s important for any person to have legible handwriting.”

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These articles are the second in a two-part package on a change in national standards that could eliminate cursive-writing lessons.

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