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Cursive Handwriting no Longer Being Taught to Our Kids

Posted on April 27, 2017 in  BlogGeneral Blurps

Cursive Handwriting no Longer Being Taught to Our Kids

Even though Keyboarding is significant for the school children, handwriting is an important skill that children should be expected to learn. Writing is an important skill for communicating through written linguistic messages, it is, therefore, important for children to spend some few years learning how to write. One of the major benefits of handwriting is the fact that it forms credibility (Jones & Hall, 2013). Despite the apparent benefits of handwriting, it is unfortunate that schools are not teaching cursive writing.

Forty-one states in America have already adopted the Common Core Standards for English, which do not require cursive (Baker, 2011). The standards were implemented by the Council of Chief State School Officers together with the National Governors Association. The set standards outline a framework for what students are required to learn before they enroll in college (Baker, 2011). States have permission to re-include cursive if they choose to do so. Some states like Massachusetts and California have already re-included cursive writing from their curriculum. The primary argument is that cursive writing is time-consuming and not as significant as keyboard skills (Baker, 2011).

Anachronistic or not, excluding cursive handwriting from the school curriculum is not a wise idea. Cursive writing has so many benefits, which cannot be replaced by modern technology (Jones & Hall, 2013). Handwriting is a foundational skill that influences the process of reading in a sequential pattern of literacy development (Blumenfeld, 1994). Students, who learn to write, have a distinct advantage of acquiring alphabet knowledge as they identify letter forms using unique visual elements.

Cursive writing incorporates movement, pressure and visual processing. These activities help to augment the visual and coordination skills. When writing lower case letters, students need six strokes against three movements; this develops fluid movement (Blumenfeld, 1994). When students practice cursive writing, they strengthen the neuron connections, which are responsible for organizing other kinds of information and skills.

Handwriting is necessary for the completion of honor statements in college entrance exams, job applications and other types of correspondence (Jones & Hall, 2013). Researchers have argued that handwriting is an essential element, which can be used in judging an individual's intelligence, education capacity, and skills in creating quality work. When a person's handwriting is not legible, their ability to communicate often become compromised (Jones & Hall, 2013). Anecdotal evidence shows that students who have little experience writing cursive scripts have a hard time when they are confronted with actual handwritten documents.

Cursive handwriting is a primary factor in recognition of both characters and letters; this helps people in their reading abilities (Blumenfeld, 1994). Script writing supports the capacity to remember characters in a better way compared to typing; it also stimulates performance in typing due to the fine motor skills that it develops. People who write using their hands have better composition skills; they also write complete sentences leading to better texts. When studying, handwriting helps to stimulate memory to retain information (Jones & Hall, 2013).

While many of the technological changes are met with great enthusiasm, they have also been the cause of concern regarding the adverse impacts of the new technologies. In light of the information presented, it is true that handwriting is beneficial to literacy, memory, and reading compared to technological inventions like typing. Children should continue learning Cursive writing. Typing should not take center stage in a child's education. Banning Cursive handwriting will have detrimental impacts on children's literacy.

References

Baker, B. (2011, 1 24). Tossing the Script: The End of The Line for Cursive? Retrieved 4 27, 2017, from ABC News:

Blumenfeld, S. L. (1994). How should we teach our children to write? Cursive first, print later. The Blumenfeld Education Letter, 9 (9), 2-19.

Jones, C., & Hall, T. (2013). Handwriting: Why It was Added to the Utah Core Standards for English Language Arts. The Utah Journal of Literacy, 16 (2), 28-35.


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