As we learned from Dr. Tim Vansickle’s latest blog post, “Measured Moments, Part 11,” the Common Core State Standards do not require that students learn to write in cursive, or long hand. Replaced by keyboarding, the act of putting pen to paper and writing in script is becoming something of a lost art.
What other skills are students not developing as fully by not learning cursive? The post explores some potential drawbacks.
It seems, as well, that this question was recently on the mind of another blogger. Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post’s education blog, the Answer Sheet, kicked off a post with this: “This went viral: 7-year-old blasted by her teacher for writing her name in cursive” and goes on to explore some reasons why students may be better off if we keep teaching them cursive.