Prev Article Next Article Are you old enough to remember learning to do cursive writing each school day, with a fat pencil on lined, horizontal notebooks? My recent brush with what some consider to be an outdated mode of writing has convinced me that those who want to eliminate cursive handwriting from public schools are in the wrong. In June, my brother researched our family history at a genealogy center in Belfast, Northern Ireland. My brother sought information about family in Ulster.
Colorado schools are beginning to write off cursive handwriting posted by: Gradually, the staccato tapping of their fingers will supplant the graceful curves of what once stood as an academic rite of passage: In an increasingly paperless world, and with ever-greater student-performance demands in core subjects, state standards have gone silent on cursive.
In Colorado schools where it is still taught, the time devoted to its practice generally has diminished, although pockets of avid supporters still enthusiastically defend its rightful place in the elementary curriculum. At Grant Ranch, a K-8 school in southwest Denver, teachers have wide latitude to address cursive as they see fit — and their approaches reflect the growing institutional ambivalence with regard to the flowing script.
She wants to make sure they can read cursive — something she figures could have social or job ramifications. And she has noticed that some students write more legibly in cursive than manuscript, which can help their scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program exams, among other things. Even so, she spends no more than five to seven minutes on form at the start of the day, with take-home exercises for practice.
Handwriting on the wall? Then her student teacher explained how she navigated college entirely without handwritten notes. Those were her tipping points.
Studies have repeatedly shown that word processors produce better overall writing than anything performed by hand, Graham says, and computers tend to dominate at home and in the workplace.
In compositions scored solely on the quality of the ideas, poor but legible handwriting can drop scores as low as the 16th percentile while a very legible hand can propel the same concepts to the 86th percentile, Graham says.
Word processing eliminates the reader effect because of its uniform legibility, he says. And eventually, many paper documents such as job applications that require handwritten responses will disappear. Once kids have learned to print in first grade, she says, the standards move away from letter formation and focus on aspects of writing such as organization, message and grammar.
While how much time to devote to cursive instruction is left to individual schools and sometimes to individual teachers, DPS aims to make students fluent in keyboarding by sixth grade.
There will always be a role for the written word by hand on paper. But the experiences most of us have, with 30 minutes a day practicing cursive in class, has gone by the wayside.
Nowhere is the case for cursive stated more emphatically — and more passionately — than at James Irwin Charter Elementary School, a K-5 on the south end of Colorado Springs.
Officially, Cindee Will holds the title of assistant principal. She cites both developmental and cultural reasons to embrace cursive.
Will acknowledges the importance of technology but maintains that sometimes cursive offers the most effective way to communicate — for instance, on a job application that asks you to put your thoughts into writing.
They do not teach ball and stick here. Starting in kindergarten, cursive is not just the script of choice but a culture unto itself.
The rhythmic clapping of the classroom aide accompanies the sing-song chants that direct the students to properly form a letter. She tries again, with the lower part of the letter coming up short of the bottom line.
Feedback is immediate, in the form of little stars or corrective marks written on their exercises by the teacher and an aide who roam among the desks.
After a few minutes of serious attention to their handwriting, they get to have a little fun working out their wiggles. Shake to the right, shake- shake-shake! Stand up, sit down, write-write-write! She laments how cursive has become a lost art and, in many schools, a casualty along with art and music.
In the Archdiocese of Denver, curriculum guidelines for Catholic schools say that cursive will be taught in late second and early third grade. They also emphasize the importance of practice in later grades to continue developing the skill, says associate superintendent Sister Elizabeth Youngs.
I believe cursive writing develops part of the brain as well. It fosters hand-eye coordination that develops the brain; and learning to write cursive means learning to read it as well.
At the Denver Montclair International School, some students learn to write in cursive as early as kindergarten — in accordance with standard French and Spanish curricula. By fifth grade, when the curriculum is split evenly between English and the target language, students have the option of using either cursive or printing.
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