Friday, June 20, 2014

Cursive will no longer be taught. Right?

4th through 6th graders in Charlotte Mason schools transcribed "two perfectly-written lines every day."

The truth is that Common Core is silent about cursive. Basically, it's up to the state. But, because students are not tested on cursive, and they are tested on whether or not they can convey their ideas using a keyboard, states will most likely de-emphasize cursive instruction. After all, there are only so many hours in the day.

"Experts have said handwriting training helps small children develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and other brain and memory functions. Mims [an educator] said cursive writing could be important for children who grow to be a surgeon, a painter or some other professional requiring laser-like precision with their hands." (From a USA Today article)

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