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  1. church mouse guy

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    Many states such as Indiana no longer teach cursive writing. It is thought that people can print their names for a signature and that other subjects are more important.

    One first grade teacher said this:

    Penmanship in grades K-2 and cursive were eliminated because of high stakes testing. That is considered a waste of time by administration and law makers. I am a 1st grade teacher and I was verbally reprimanded (in front of my class) because I was using instructional time to address some handwriting issues that were impacting most of my class. My students don't recognize the difference between capital and lowercase letters, so they consistently but capital letters in the middle of words. For example: hOMeWOrk. The letters "h" and "n" look the same because of height. The letters "a" and "u" look the same because they don't "close" the letter "a." Same can be said with "e" and "c." Primary students today cannot print on a printing line. They have no idea which letters are tall or short or how to space out their words. Cursive is something the students are desperate to learn. It's like a right of passage. Cursive and printing are skills used throughout your entire life, yet we have abandoned them. We are taking about 10-15 minutes per day being used for penmanship. I lose ten times that every single day addressing behavior problems that administrators and law makers turn a blind eye to. Hopefully things will change drastically with the end of No Child Left Behind and we can get back to basics.




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  2. Use of Time

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    She complains that her kids are struggling with printed words and yet wants to move on to cursive? How about mastering the standard style first because that is what you will be using for the remainder of your life. The only cursive I've ever had to use in my entire professional life is my signature.
     
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    Of course children should be taught cursive.
     
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    Actually, in my limited experiencing homeschooling 4 children from K through 8th grade, I've found that going to cursive cleared up many issues with block writing with the children as has using a pre-cursing block writing like D'Nealean. My last child consistently wrote letters backwards but when she got to cursive, her writing backwards slowly began to diminish. She was shocked the other day when she saw a birthday card she made for me when she was in 2nd grade!! All of the writing was backwards!
     
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    I tried writing in cursive on the board during SS and was amazed when the high schoolers told me that they couldn't read cursive writing.

    From an educational standpoint, especially in college, there are going to be so many instances in which writing in cursive allows you to take notes quick enough to keep up with the professors.

    Technology or not, a lot of professors don't allow the use of these technologies in their classes.
     
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    Should children be taught cursive writing?

    I'm not sure. If addictive means influencing toward addiction... if illusive means subject to illusion.... if attentive means attending...what does cursive mean, then?
     
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    I don't believe an education is complete without it.

    But they're too busy making subjects like basic math much more difficult and, at the same time, less exact.
     
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    Key words "had to". At least you had a choice the rest of the time.
     
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    Huh?
     
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    Of course not! Teaching cursive, having recess, art, music, computers, science, etc take away from valuable testing and test preparation time.

    Cursive should he outlawed. Cramming for tests is THE highest duty of all children. I hope they cancel lunch, too. That 30 minutes should he spent cramming their brains, not their mouths.

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    That's weird, my kids also take SOL testing yet they somehow still do recess, art, music, computers, science. Is it possible you are simply overreacting here.

    Has cursive writing now became a partisan issue now? It's getting pretty exhausting at this point.
     
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    I was being sarcastic in my previous post. My wife teaches high school kids who cannot write a signature. Nor do they know their math facts, thus factoring takes eons. The edu-morons who decided what to teach kids in elementary school set the high school teachers up for failure as well as the children.

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    I don't know, is it really needed? I don't see that it makes much difference. I mean, I personally find cursive to be easier than print, but that may be because I hardly ever print anymore. I heard it was originally used to prevent ink blotting on paper, back when they used quill pens.

    I got a good education, but whether or not I learned cursive had little to do with it.
     
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    Can you read cursive? If you had not learned to write it, would you be able to read it.

    I suggest your education would have been incomplete without it, for the same reason college students are required to take course they will never use in their chosen profession.
     
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    I honestly don't care.

    I was taught cursive handwriting but exclusive use print now. Not too many years ago a legal document required me to rewrite a statement in cursive. It honestly took me three tries to remember all the letters and how to form them.

    My mother still writes in cursive and has excellent penmanship. I, however, do not. Either way it doesn't matter, but most government and business forms require printing for the handwriting.
     
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    Just thinking out loud - if a child doesn't learn to read cursive, how will he possibly be able to maybe read historic documents? SO many of them are in cursive!
     
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    I know. I thought it was hilarious.
     
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    This made me think about this guy I saw on Facebook yesterday. He's a Master Penman. Absolutely incredible!!!

     
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    OH MY GOSH!!! That is SOOOOO cool!!! LOL - We used the same handwriting curriculum he did - and MY kids don't write like that! I want a refund! ;)
     
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