November 6, 2020

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I believe that schools should not require teaching cursive to students. As cursive can teach kids to write effectively and properly sign their name, basic handwriting like tracing letters already serves its purpose of getting kids to write efficient enough for people to understand. I feel that if parents want their kids to have better handwriting, that they should print out a work sheet for their child themselves. It should be learned, but it should not be mandatory. As we grow more into the modern age, new technology is constantly being introduced to us so that we aren’t necessarily required to write our signature on paper every time. It has been years since I learned cursive and properly wrote in cursive, but throughout the years I have managed to incorporate it in my normal hand writing style. If schools carried the tradition to teach cursive in school, then would we not be required to write in cursive all throughout our education? Kids just write in fine print anyway, so being taught cursive especially at an early age can be forgotten and kids will be forced to write without the loops. Teachers would have more time to educate students on more important topics than to teach their students how to hold a pencil.

As sources state that writing in cursive can stimulate brain activity, I can agree, but disagree. I can agree that writing in cursive is easier to memorize because all it is is looping other letters together, but writing in print is much more difficult and requires an extra brain cell or two just to get a good amount of spacing between the letters and words to not make it a big jumbled up mess.

November 6, 2020

siebmia week 9

        Revitalizing cursive writing pedagogy is not the way forward for schools in America. If lawmakers really had students’ best interests in mind, they would be doing more than passing legislation to help them read the Declaration of Independence. Legislators should be focused on keeping our schools safe and teaching students skills that will prepare them for the future. There’s significant evidence that teaching children a second language at a younger age is more effective, why shouldn’t schools devote time to a significant life-long skill like that? There are plenty of other issues that public schools fail to address, like issues of racial equity, student’s emotional wellbeing, awareness of civil rights, safety, and plenty of others. Focusing on these more urgent matters should be the priority for legislators. 

       Neuroscientists have evidence that handwriting positively affects children’s brain development, memory, motor skills, and comprehension more than typing. Writing in cursive is shown to help students develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and to increase their writing speed. Many of the findings on the benefits of cursive over handwriting aren’t robust yet, so why was there a push for legislation mandating cursive? Rueb’s article “Cursive Seemed to Go the Way of Quills and Parchment, Now It’s Coming Back” suggests that the research used to back up these bills could be traced to for-profit corporations that sell cursive instruction materials. Bills like these are drafted by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and then put forward by legislators who have ties to the council. Evidence used to support these bills is often conflated by legislators. 

I could see cursive included in art curriculums in the future, but as of now, we need to focus on more pressing issues facing public schools in America and elect leaders who actually have the best interests of students in mind.

November 6, 2020

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Cursive Handwriting

While cursive may be a tool for building connections and communication between generations, there are more important and useful subjects to focus classroom time on. An article from Big Think addressing the effects of cursive writing on child development states, “research is thin and far from conclusive — but mastering two forms requires twice the time and effort, and is particularly challenging for those with writing difficulties.” It seems that as long as students are practicing plain print handwriting they will receive the same cognitive benefits and won’t be spending extra time on something that is becoming less and less useful. One of the primary arguments for making cursive a mandatory part of our curriculums is that it will enable students to read and understand historical documents. The problem with this argument is that for most important historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence, you can find a word-for-word printed version that doesn’t require you to know how to read cursive.

Eliminating the practice of cursive handwriting in schools does not mean people can not learn on their own. In fact, calligraphy is a popular art form that may be taught in some art classes or can be learned independently. Cursive is not a difficult to teach yourself and there are plenty of resources to help. When state legislatures push to require cursive in schools they are filling class time that could be used to build stronger, independent and thoughtful individuals. Noelle Mapes, a third grade teacher in New York says, “Add typing skills, anti-racist pedagogy, add activism skills, add digital literacy.”(New York Times) These are just a few of the many subjects that are far more current and character building than cursive handwriting. I have to wonder if the politicians in support of cursive teaching mandates are just making an attempt of keeping students away from courses that will truly increase their intellectual abilities so they may maintain more control and order. When citizens are less independent minded and educated there is less of a chance of questioning the system.

November 6, 2020

Reyegra_Week 9

Cursive writing is a beneficial skill for young students to learn because as they grow up, they will start to see more cursive writing. Angela McKnight, member of the New Jersey General Assembly, believes that cursive writing should be required because too many students today are unable to read cursive or even sign their own names. Some students don’t know how to read cursive because they have never been taught cursive writing before. I agree with McKnight because learning how to write in cursive will help students learn how to read cursive writing, which is something that is useful for students in the future. Not only is it useful in the future, it benefits the development of cognitive, motor, and literacy skills. It has also helped kids with dyslexia. 

However, as much as it is useful for the future, there is no need for students to become a master in cursive writing. It shouldn’t take hours upon hours of class time working on cursive writing, and there shouldn’t be a requirement for cursive writing to be readable by fifth grade. And it certainly shouldn’t get in the way of teaching important topics like cultural sensitivity and racial equality. Learning cursive is important, but so is learning about other subjects and not solely focusing on penmanship. Scott Beers, a professor in the literacy program at Seattle Pacific University, states that how students transcribe those ideas is less important than the ideas themselves. As long as students get the idea of cursive writing, there is no need for them to be a professional in cursive. 

November 6, 2020

kinsjaq ToW Week 9

Requiring cursive has been a popular debate topic as in the past decade , as schools around the country have moved away from requiring cursive in their curriculum. Recently however certain states have been pushing for the inclussion and requirement to teach cursive by fith grade. Ohio for example has included cursive lessons and funding for the lessons in the langueage arts curriculum. Some teachers from around the country however argue that cursive is an outdated skill and should be replaced with more important topics like racial equality or teaching online responsibilty and safety. Suzanne Newman who teaches at  McCloskey Elementary says “I want good grammar. I want capitalization. I want periods. I could care less if it’s cursive,” vocalizing many critics opinions. With the recent push for cursive to come back into the school the benifits of learning cursive have come to light once again. Cursive can help improve critical thinking and faster more legible writting and even will improve hand eye coordination which is a crucial skill in life. I think I would advocate for cursive to return to the schools of the United States. The reason for this is because I believe that with practice in writting cursive students can improve crucial learning skills and even retain information better. One of the best ways to retain information for testing is to write it down and with cursive it requires more attention to detail in each stroke of your pen which could mean that you can recall your notes more clearly on test day.

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November 6, 2020

dundjtre Week 9

I am glad that I had the opportunity to learn cursive when I was in third grade but based on the articles I couldn’t come up with a defensible argument as to why cursive should continue to be taught. The main argument to support the continuation of teaching cursive in schools was that it allowed students to read historical text and it worked to strengthen parts of the brain. The point that it allows students to read historical documents is fallible because they have been translated into print and even if they were in their original form the cursive taught in schools won’t help decipher it. As for the statement that cursive helps strengthen parts of the brain that are later used in adults for reading and writing is not backed up by research as most studies are conflicting. Print handwriting seems to help develop the same skills as cursive so it is hard to say which is better for students to learn. Although there is no real evidence to prove that cursive has additional benefits past what print handwriting can do for students, I still think that students should have the option to learn it. I write almost everything in cursive including my notes and on assignments and the only benefit that I can say is true for myself is that it allows me to write faster and with better legibility that print. I don’t stand against teaching cursive in schools but I can’t come up with a good enough argument as to why it should be taught for me to be for it either.

November 6, 2020

harrjac – ToTW 9

In the English language, there are multiple ways of writing letters or words and one such way is cursive. Cursive is a style of penmanship that connects the letters and words of a language together to make it faster to write. Cursive would be used for many purposes in history like formal documents, signatures, and personal letters. Although cursive was largely used in the past few centuries, ever since the advent of the typewriter and later the computer, cursive began to be used a lot less until it started to leave the classroom. America would largely ignore the fact that cursive was leaving many schools across America until many elders realized that many of their grandchildren could not read cursive. After this shock, many conservatives began to argue that children should learn cursive because it’s their right as Americans to do so. Other scientific reasons to do so is that it improves the reading and writing part of the brain as writing words down by hand instead of typing them engages the brain a lot more. The other side believes that teaching children cursive would be teaching them an unneeded skill required in the modern age. They believe that children should be taghut political sciences, racial equality, and other classes that are believed to be more useful than cursive. I believe that cursive should be a skill taught to children as it increases their brain focusing on the reading and writing aspect of the brain and allows children to understand cursive that is used a lot in the past. Many might argue that there are many other more topics people believe to be way more important but I believe that those topics will largely be covered in the later stages of school.

November 6, 2020

vargand_ToW9

I believe that cursive should be required to be taught in schools. Due to being in a generation with very advanced technology, we have shifted almost all of our curriculums to online; although we barely even use paper to do assignments, it is still important to have that skill in the back of your pocket. In our elementary school here in Cordova, nearly all of us have learned cursive in 3rd grade with Mrs. Jones; quite frankly, it has been super useful for a few reasons. It has stuck even though I learned it eight years ago which has been very helpful when it comes to my relatives in Peru. Most schools there have to learn cursive so that has benefitted me to be able to read and write when needed.

Cursive has been around since the eighth century, and the New York Times in their article “Cursive Seemed to Go the Way of Quills and Parchment. Now It’s Coming Back” informed that up until 2010 schools have dropped the requirement of it being in core curriculums. It is an important part of our history due to our Declaration of Independence being written in cursive, our American Constitution, and basically every important document you can think of that has built our history. In Big Think’s article “Is cursive writing important to child development?” they mention notetaking/studying. When studying, it has been proven that writing on paper makes the information stick in your brain better, so when in a rush having the fluid motion of cursive would allow you to stay caught up and also retain the information better.

November 6, 2020

craileo_week9

Cursive has been around for a long time and it’s unquestionable that it helps students with developing fine motor skills along with their ability to process information. The argument against teaching cursive however is not that it does not help students, but more so that there are more relevant and important things to teach students instead. Ever since 2010 when the Common Core standards stopped requiring elementary schools to teach cursive, it has been a large topic of debate between lawmakers, schools, and communities. Although some may say that this old form of writing was a big part of history and that it shouldn’t be left out of curriculums I disagree. In a generation where students do the majority of their typing on computers, trying to preserve cursive in this day and age is simply uninformed.

Research shows that when mastered students can type much faster than they can write in cursive, so the argument for keeping cursive because of how fast it can make your writing becomes somewhat irrelevant. Also, the people who are arguing for the preservation of cursive are generally older policymakers who are more “out of touch with the realities of the modern classroom.” For example, Noelle Mapes a third-grade teacher in Manhattan states that “requiring cursive is not a good use of time, especially because schools and teachers face more urgent demands.” I completely agree with her statement and her quote about the attempts to revive this form of writing as a “boomer effort.”

In conclusion, if the goal of schools is to prepare students to be successful, productive members of society than teaching things like racial equity, cultural sensitivity, media awareness, and typing skills instead of trying to preserve a thing of the past like cursive would be a much more effective use of student’s time.

 

 

November 6, 2020

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Since the mid-1800s, students have been taught cursive handwriting in school. In recent years, however, there’s been much deliberation about whether or not teaching cursive is a waste of time or truly necessary. In the digital age, it can be seen as a waste of time to learn cursive when almost everything is online, even in grade school. In the NY Times article ‘Cursive Seemed to Go the Way of Quills and Parchment. Now It’s Coming Back,’ Ms. Roach, a Washington state senator, said that “part of being an American is being able to read cursive writing.” I completely disagree with that opinion. Being able to read and write cursive is important, but for entirely different reasons. In the Philadelphia Inquirer news article, “Are students missing out on a useful tool?” University professor Virginia Beringer asserted: “We need to teach students to be hybrid writers, so they’re competent in multiple modes–manuscript, cursive, and keyboarding. There’s benefits for each one. We’re bringing back handwriting.” She is completely correct–there are benefits to each form of handwriting, and it’s important to teach and learn all different kinds.

We live in a world that’s becoming negligent by the digital age: writing online means that you don’t have to be particularly proficient in spelling or grammar because the computer fixes that for you. It’s dangerous for young learners to have everything done for them–the ideas of their writing may be there, but mechanics and spelling is fixed for them. I don’t want to live in a society reliant on computers and technology. It may be more efficient right now, but why can’t we make handwriting effective as well? Handwriting is beautiful, and I believe that when we hand write things, we put more thought into it. Cursive goes along with this: it’s a faster way to write, and and according to the Big Think article provided, there was a case made that it benefits children with learning disabilities such as developmental dyslexia or dysgraphia. There may be “more important things to learn,” other than cursive, but why are we trying to constantly make students learn and retain so much from such a young age? If we slow down and teach cursive, or even focus more on handwriting and spelling, it gives children advantageous skills and is comparable to learning to read music or another language.

The world is such a complex place, let’s slow down and stop shoving information down young learners throats. Something as simple as writing cursive can be carried with them through an entire lifetime.

November 6, 2020

Hambame Week 9

Should cursive writing be taught to young children? They should, because cursive is an important skill to have. You need cursive to sign important documents, checks, and can help children to develop better handwriting that is easier to read and understand. If we were to get rid of cursive completely it would make signatures not look as important and could become easier to forge. Cursive can help improve your fine motor skills. Studies have shown that there are benefits to learning cursive writing such as brain development and dexterity. It can also help in deciphering or reading historical documents or even your older family members handwriting in birthday cards and letters. Cursive writing can dress up the way you write and make it look unique and pretty. Your handwriting is personalized and shows a piece of you and cursive is another way that you can express that. Cursive writing is often taught alongside print and it does not make sense to cut it out because of lost time to learn “more important” subjects or lessons in the classroom. Cursive is a part of having a well rounded education and does not need to take up much of your class time. It can be assigned as homework so kids can get practice without using class time so that teachers can use that time for other things that they deem more important for a child’s education. Cursive also helps students with disabilities build up their dexterity and occupational skills. Cursive is important to our learning and can improve our handwriting as well as help express ourselves.

November 6, 2020

Glasmic_Week9

Cursive is a good thing to teach kids at least for them to learn how to sign their own name in it, as it will make it far easier for them to sign their names on legal documents and such as that. I personally feel that it would not put kids at as significant of a disadvantage as the New York Times said, while I can see the logic in that it is an outdated form of writing that is not all that important for children to learn nowadays. Acknowledging those things, it is my stance that it should be mandated for every child to learn how to sign their own name, but that they should not be mandated that they must learn to write all letters in cursive. I would agree with those experts who say that we should teach other issues such as typing skills which are far more important in these modern days, such as Mrs. Anne Turbek, who claimed that, “students are writing longer, more rhetorically complex essays than past generations, despite fewer writing in cursive.” However, I do agree that it is good for children to learn to write on paper before they learn to type on a computer, as writing in print has shown to be beneficial, as well as that it is better overall to be able to know how to write without a computer, for how could the greats like MLK have written his letter in Birmingham Jail were it not for his ability to write without a computer? I understand that computers are the way of the future, but perhaps it is not so bad to hold onto a small bit of our past.

November 6, 2020

roemmad week_9

Schools should not require students to learn cursive, but all students should be exposed to it. There should be no grades, simply teaching kids how to read it and write the letters once or twice, nothing monumental. Teaching cursive effectively would require adequate funding and curriculum, and as stated in the tweets from The Philadelphia Inquirer article, many teachers don’t have enough time to teach non-core subjects. Students’ special needs also need to be taken into consideration. Cursive can be challenging for students with writing difficulties, and in that case teaching one commonly used form of writing (print) is more important than teaching a more complicated one. On the other hand, according to The New York Times, students with dysgraphia may benefit more from cursive than others because the continuous strokes can prevent the reversion and inversion of letters and improve spelling and comprehension.
For me, even the small exposure that I had to cursive writing in Elementary School enabled me to convey my thoughts as fast as I was thinking them, and handwriting in my own D’Nealian style has proved even more efficient than typing. Being exposed to cursive writing has made an immeasurable difference in my work and has improved every area of my academic life. Schools should allow students exposure to cursive because really, what’s the worst that can happen? If a student prefers to write in print, they don’t have to write in cursive; but if a student does prefer cursive, the new writing style could boost their performance.