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School Drops Cursive From Curriculum: What's Next?

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:11 PM
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Posted by Jacqueline Burt
on July 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

kids writingAm I the only one who thinks it's a bad thing that Indiana schools will no longer be teaching kids how to write in cursive starting this fall? I get the logic behind the change: Nobody writes in cursive anymore (or "script," as we called it in my day), and kids would be better off spending the time perfecting their keyboard technique than learning how to make a fancy capital "G."

The thing is, people do still need to write, you know, like with pens and pencils, on paper and greeting cards and, I don't know, shopping lists. I guess a working knowledge of how to print is sufficient for those purposes, but isn't anybody going to sign their freaking name anymore?

It's not so much the loss of the art of cursive that bothers me, it's the general shortcut-taking trend in education right now. Take spelling, for example. Maybe it's the ex-Catholic schoolgirl in me, but I find it absolutely atrocious that kids these days have no idea how to spell, and it's not their fault at all: The phonetic spelling technique used by most schools currently is completely useless.

Instead of drilling kids on the actual spelling of words, students are told to "sound it out" and parents are told NOT to correct misspellings. That would be fine if the English language weren't filled with inconsistencies and exceptions to phonetic rules, but it is: How is a kid supposed to know if "phone" starts with an "f" or a "ph" if he's just "sounding it out"? And don't even get me started on the ubiquitous Everyday Math curriculum that makes basic tasks like multiplication ridiculously complicated (though it's supposed to be making it "simple." It was simple before!).

I'm not anti-tech in any way, and nobody's ever accused me of being old-fashioned. I just think that in our misguided quest to make education more efficient, we're actually shortchanging our kids. I'm afraid they'll be left with too few academic blocks to build a decent foundation.

What do you think of Indiana's new no-cursive policy?

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Stormy6669
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:12 PM

More reasons I want to homeschool.

katie_did
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:15 PM
My son's school dropped it last year. If it allows them to focus on math, science, etc. I don't really care. Almost everything is done on computers now, so typing skills are going to be more important for this generation.
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lalasmama2007
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:17 PM

What if they need to sign a check or paperwork to get a loan, mortgage, etc?  There are places and times that require an actual signature.

Quoting katie_did:

My son's school dropped it last year. If it allows them to focus on math, science, etc. I don't really care. Almost everything is done on computers now, so typing skills are going to be more important for this generation.


katie_did
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:18 PM
Oh, but I agree it's a shame noone can spell anymore. I would think that correct spelling should be considered an important communication skill.
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sheri305
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I agree,kids still need to learn how to do things manually.The "old way" so to speak.

Lottie925
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM

they don't test in cursive! Duh! They're starting a whole new curriculum for filling in dots! lol

It's so sad.

katie_did
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM
I have thought about that as well, I guess as parents we will have to teach them to sign their name.

Quoting lalasmama2007:

What if they need to sign a check or paperwork to get a loan, mortgage, etc?  There are places and times that require an actual signature.


Quoting katie_did:

My son's school dropped it last year. If it allows them to focus on math, science, etc. I don't really care. Almost everything is done on computers now, so typing skills are going to be more important for this generation.


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skhech
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:22 PM


Quoting Stormy6669:

More reasons I want to homeschool.


This.

AutumnDreamer
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Schools around here have already dropped cursive writing, my oldest is 15 and she never learned it.  They teach them enough to be able to sign their name.

BellaH10
by on Jul. 8, 2011 at 5:44 PM

My son will learn how to write in curvise from me. Schools slack..I do not on some stuff

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