Cursive Handwriting Falls Victim to the Common Core

handwritingThe Washington Post reports that cursive handwriting is disappearing from public schools.

The curlicue letters of cursive handwriting, once considered a mainstay of American elementary education, have been slowly disappearing from classrooms for years. Now, with most states adopting new national standards that don’t require such instruction, cursive could soon be eliminated from most public schools.

For many students, cursive is becoming as foreign as ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. In college lecture halls, more students take notes on laptops and tablet computers than with pens and notepads. Responding to handwritten letters from grandparents in cursive is no longer necessary as they, too, learn how to use email, Facebook and Skype.

And educators, seeking to prepare students for a successful future in which computer and typing skills have usurped penmanship,are finding cursive’s relevance waning,especially with leaner school budgets and curricula packed with standardized testing prep. So they’re opting not to teach it anymore.

We’re not surprised since the Common Core State Standards don’t address or require cursive handwriting.  After all why teach something that’s “irrelevant” right?

Since we all know these standards are “well researched” and “internationally benchmarked” I’m sure they didn’t overlook the recent study that shows how handwriting helps with learning how to write, spell, and how it helps with things like motor skills.

Besides do they really think we’re always going to have a laptop, phone or tablet to take notes on?  Handwriting is a building block to learning and it shouldn’t be ignored.

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5 thoughts on “Cursive Handwriting Falls Victim to the Common Core

  1. signs and restaurant menus with cursive writing are relevant for today’s kids, rather than letters from grandparents. and it’s art history IMO.

  2. How about all those historical documents written in cursive? I guess they want to hide history from us too? Wouldn’t surprise me.

  3. I miss the days when a persuasive essay actually included the persuasive arguments within the text instead of simply linking to another article. Handwriting isn’t the only skill that writers these days are lacking. Your English teacher could have taught you a thing or two about including research and strong examples and analysis of those examples to support your argument. 🙂

  4. How are these kids going to be able to put a legal signature on a document? This is very upsetting to me, as I taught penmanship to kids from pre-k4 through 4th grade. True penmanship is becoming a lost art!!!

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