Monday, March 25, 2013

Cursive Writing

When my daughter started first grade a big chunk of the year was spent on learning cursive writing. We spent hours at the dining room table with those large lined pieces of paper writing words over and over again. Making sure that each letter hit the top and bottom lines and did not go over, and making sure all letters were properly closed.

Now that she is in 2nd grade all her work has to be done in cursive. It is also a category on her report cards. All that time we have spent correcting and erasing and rewriting I kept asking myself if this was really such an important thing for my daughter to be learning and spending so much time on.

I have not used cursive writing since I learned it in grade school. In high school all work was in print or on a word processor (yes I am that old). From college on I have used computers for everything. At work my day is spent on a computer with the occasional post-it note jot down in printing. I really believe that the only adults who are using cursive writing regularly are teachers who are teaching cursive writing.

I really think that kids in this day and age of computers, smart phones and tablets should be learning typing skills. I never took a typing class and today have become pretty quick at the hunt and peck method of typing, but an actual class to learn proper typing skills would have been great and beneficial.

What do you think? Should cursive writing go the way of the dinosaur? 
Or is it a lost art that needs to make a come back?
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7 comments:

  1. I'm not sure about requiring children to submit all their homework in cursive writing since we live in a technology age of computers and other mobile devices. However, I don't think there's nothing wrong in learning cursive writing since it will add to the child's development. The only time I really use cursive writing is for my signature.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Isabel. I too only use cursive for my signature but even that it no where close to proper cursive writing. I think I have an issue with my daughter school because they are pretty extreme with the cursive lessons. It was the main thing taught in 1st grade. All work is done in cursive and there is not one computer in any of the classrooms. You do have a good point. Cursive writing does help develop hand eye coordination but I don't think it should be something that they are graded on.

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  2. I think kids should be encouraged to write more, whether in cursive or not. Writing forces you to spell correctly and not rely on the computer's autocorrect. Cursive is also good to teach kids how to have their own signature. Maybe it doesn't have to be taught in extreme measures but teaching and writing cursive should not become obsolete. With the advent of touch screen technology, the need for typing lessons may one day be questioned as well.

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    1. I agree, kids need to write more! Many kids are texting with made up abbreviations and acronyms, not to mention that punctuation is going out the window! Writing will help with spelling and grammar! People definitely rely on autocorrect not only for spelling but for punctuation as well.
      I think writing is important however print is fine with me, the example Elissa gave seems extreme for cursive.

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  3. Oddly, my 6 year old son is very interested in learning how to write in cursive.

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  4. This is very interesting, I've never heard of cursive being introduced at such an early age. The district I work for introduces it at the end of third/beginning of fourth and I highly doubt any teacher would expect all work to be completed in cursive. I teach an intervention class and feel very limited on time to teach handwriting however we do need to give a penmanship grade (I only focus on print).

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