I can’t tell you how many loops and swirls I practiced as a youngster, but I do still use cursive handwriting even in this digital age. I have to admit though, I use penmanship less and less. But for many kids, cursive is something that they may no longer be taught. You see, handwriting is not part of the Common Core State Standards. If you haven’t heard of Common Core, it is the recently established academic guidelines now adopted by 45 of the 50 states.
Already, many public schools have completely stopped teaching cursive and are using the time to build technology skills. I’m not sure how I feel about that. There is just something about cursive writing that gives communication a personal, human touch. Research shows something else that is very interesting: At the Indiana University, researchers found that writing by hand activates areas of the brain that don’t get tapped during typing. Another study, conducted by the University of Washington, revealed that when elementary-school students composed essays on paper rather than on-screen, they wrote more and faster.
What are your thoughts? Do we see the handwriting on the wall for cursive instruction?
- Technology may script an end to the art of cursive writing (dailynightly.nbcnews.com)
- 6 Modern Twists on Cursive (mashable.com)
- Cursive writing for kids: A thing of the past? (kens5.com)
- Should We Let Cursive Writing Die? (uiowa.uloop.com)