The decline of cursive is happening as students are doing more and more work on computers, including writing. In 2011, the writing test of the National Assessment of Educational Progress will require 8th and 11th graders to compose on computers, with 4th graders following in 2019.
"We need to make sure they'll be ready for what's going to happen in 2020 or 2030," said Katie Van Sluys, a professor at DePaul University and the president of the Whole Language Umbrella, a conference of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Handwriting is increasingly something people do only when they need to make a note to themselves rather than communicate with others, she said. Students accustomed to using computers to write at home have a hard time seeing the relevance of hours of practicing cursive handwriting.
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As a teacher who taught exceptional education for 10 of my 19 years, I always looked at the difficulty with cursive like this - if the government will accept the mark of "X" as a legally binding signature, why was I busting my butt to teach kids cursive? As long a my kids can write a communication that makes sense and relays the information they intended, I could care less if it is in cursive. I still try to teach it because they have to be able to read it. That is my main reason for teaching cursive.
LOL..somewhere my MOM-MOM is rolling in her grave! She made me sit for HOURS and practice penmanship! lol
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