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Could computer technology erase the need for teaching cursive writing?

Educations are coming to the conclusion that teaching is focusing more on subjects of math and reading then on cursive writing skills. Use of computer technology could be eliminating or de-empahsizing the need for kids to learn and use cursive writing skills.

"Cursive writing is “not addressed as a skill anywhere in Kentucky's core content, and there are so many other things that are,” said Terry Price, director of elementary education for Bullitt County Public Schools. “Students need to be able to sign their name and be able to read it, but I think we'll get to a point in the future where it's not necessary at all.” (The Courier Journal, Dec 2, 2010).

Currently about 90% of first, second, and third grade teachers teach handwriting skills in the classroom. This survey taken nationwide by Vanderbilt University professor Steve Graham, found that handwriting lessons average about 60 minutes a week and most teachers explain that they have received no real handwriting teaching training and rely on past education to teach students.

“Handwriting was really in its heyday in the '30s, '40s and '50s, but our practices for writing have changed a great deal as word processing has become a more daily part of our lives,” Graham said. “It's hard to say really when those changes took place because there's not any study data to use to draw comparisons.” (The Courier Journal, Dec 2, 2010).

Charleen McAuliffe, deputy superintendent of Oldham County Schools, explains that students at the middle and high school levels are expected to type their work and “On something handwritten, such as a test, teachers just want readable script; they don't really care if it's in manuscript or in cursive.” (The Courier Journal, Dec 2, 2010).

“It's still an important part of written communication and expression because some people still use it, and when we look at historical documents, it's always a factor,” said Karen O'Connell, Archdiocese of Louisville curriculum coordinator. (The Courier Journal, Dec 2, 2010).

Cursive writing may not be a essential to the learning process, but it may be a valuable skill that can be used not only in the education communication process but also in the real world and liesure. Cursive writing is a enjoyable skill that every child should have taught to them whether it be 1 hour or 3 hours a week.

Article information found from The Courier Journal website.

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