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Era of cursive writing ends



Published: Tue, September 10, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Los Angeles Times: For all the new things that schools will be called on to teach under the soon-to-be-implemented Common Core curriculum standards, it’s a skill that has been omitted that is causing controversy: cursive writing. Good old script penmanship isn’t part of the standards, which have been adopted by 45 states . It’s not forbidden or discouraged, but Common Core focuses on analytical and computer-based skills rather than the long hours of practice required to link letters in a flowing style. Testing, note-taking and writing for academia and business are increasingly accomplished via keyboard, not pencil or pen and legal pad.

Several states have kept requirements for cursive instruction in place, but many others appear ready for its demise.

That’s OK. States and schools shouldn’t cling to cursive based on the romantic idea that it’s a tradition, an art form or a basic skill whose disappearance would be a cultural tragedy. have abandoned it in favor of printing. Print is clearer and easier to read than script. For many, it’s easier to write and just about as fast.


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