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Schools Not Teaching Cursive Writing

41 States Don't Require Students to Learn Cursive

Just print your John Hancock here. It may sound funny, but given the current educational standards across the US, few tots may know how to sign their name by the time they graduate from high school. To date, 41 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards for English, a new set of standards students are expected to learn before graduation, which doesn't include cursive writing. Though 71 percent of LilSugar readers believe that script should still be taught, more states are removing it from their curriculum as they aren't assessed on kids' ability to use it, and there is more of a focus on learning the QWERTY keyboard. States like California and Massachusetts have added the longhand style of writing back into their schools, but Georgia will make a decision when administrators meet in March.

If your school doesn't require students to learn cursive, would you teach your children?

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Ellen3246703 Ellen3246703 4 years
I think your missing the point. private school will teach kids cursive, Rich kids will know how to sign their names. Poor kids will need to give up their finger print, eye scan or DNA to identify themselves just to open a bank account. It is the poor kids that go to public school (mass dumb dumb down). Ellen
LilGabby LilGabby 6 years
I think there is such warmth and intimacy in a handwritten note or letter (especially love letters), whereas word-processed text is formal and business-like. Also, I guess this means all children will need to have their own computers so they can do homework. Of course, this brings up another rich kid versus poor kid issue: my computer's better than your computer... As if poor kids didn't have enough to deal with. Finally, I have a feeling the government will decide that the tax payers must foot the bill for computers for all the school children, so up go the taxes again. I think this no-cursive thing is a bad idea.
amandachalynn amandachalynn 6 years
I only use cursive, and I was born and raised in California. I think it is important to learn because it's used throughout the world. I feel the same way about the metric system. I think too many of us try to take short cuts that unfortunately end up giving us an education that is not as well rounded as it should be. I never use the trigonometry that I took in high school, but I've never thought it was a waste of time.
amber512 amber512 6 years
See maybe that's why I find it so unnecessary. I think printing looks way better (maybe because it looks the same as when I type?) so I see learning cursive to be a waste of time when they could be learning something more important.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Sorry, your straw man fallacy doesn't make me think any higher of cursive writing.
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
Ugh. I agree; other than signing your name it's useless. My 4th grader has some handwriting homework, less than my 6th grader had when she was in 4th grade. There is SO much to cover in school now, I think handwriting gets a quick push, then move along.
Choco-cat Choco-cat 6 years
I learned cursive in elementary school and have never used it since (other than the signature - although that is little more than a scribble).
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
I remember spending so much time in class learning cursive and now the only time I use it is to sign my name.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Other than learning how to sign their name, I don't really see a point in it. I learned it as a child and other than signing my name I NEVER use it. I'd much rather my future kids learn something they could use.
millarci millarci 6 years
How are they supposed to sign their name on legal documents? This is so silly.
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