No More Cursive Writing
January 9, 2007 8:07pm CST
I heard a rumor lately that schools are no longer going to focus on teaching children cursive writing. They said that there is no longer a need for it and they could spend the time learning something that kids actually need. Has anyone else heard this? What do you think about it? I can kind of see the point of not teaching cursive any more. Honestly, when does anyone need it? Everything is typed these days. Kids are learning computers in preschool and they will learn typing earlier and earlier.
• United States
27 Jan 07
Oh that is good! I had the worst kind of trouble with cursive in school. I am dyslexic and I write out of order. So lets say I am writing the word "watermelon" I will write the "wat rm ln" and then I'll go back and add in the "e"s and try to squeeze in an "o". That's just how I write. I also start letters off different each time. Sometimes I'm going up with the stroke, sometimes not. With cursive, you can't do this! As a result, my cursive was very very very very bad! And I forgot it the instant they said we never had to do it again (started learning it in 3rd grade, and I think it was until 7th or 8th grade, when we were only allowed to write in cursive, but then got to stop). I started taking typing in the first grade. I also typed at home and loved the typing tutor. I don't type out of order, luckily! I can type about 135 wpm max in Qwerty, and I haven't yet tested in Dvorak. But I can type at least equally well on both keyboards, possibly better on Dvorak.
• United States
26 Jan 07
I know. My neice is in 7th grade and they all print. Until this year they still wanted them to use pencil only, no pens allowed. I think they should still learn it. There are times when you do have to write things up and it isn't done on the computer. If they don't learn the skill while they are school it is doubtful they will learn it later in life.
10 Jan 07
Learning computers, or working on internet is a capability childrens should learn, but I think handwriting has its place and it should by there. There are definately some benefits of it. I am a teacher and love to write, I have also learned calligraphy and I persnolly can say that writng and cursive writing is a natural thing and it should not be replaced with keyboard or keypads.
10 Jan 07
This is what I understand from what is going on with my kids and their school. Schools have been focusing less on handwriting neatness. When I was in school, it was pushed to have neat handwriting, now it doesn't matter. Schools do teach cursive starting in the third grade and is expected of the students to fully write in it by the 5th. Again this is what I know from my exsperince with my girls school.