Although Massachusetts and California consider cursive writing important enough to re-include into instructional curriculum, 41 states including Georgia don't require students to learn the style of writing. Yet, as a classroom teacher in Georgia, I can't help but ponder over the question each year of whether or not I should embed the concept of cursive handwriting into my lessons although it is not required.
As a I grew up, I can recall being taught cursive handwriting and using it each day in my school manuscripts and everyday life, but of course, times have changed. The use of technology has heightened and grown more imperative in education. Therefore the use of print has become quite sufficient in most if not all matters, leading to longhand not being included as a part of Georgia State Curriculum Common Core Standards for K-12.
I value cursive handwriting, maybe in part because I was taught it in school and scholars used it, and I do want my own children to know how to write in cursive, yet, I wonder if I would be placing a hindrance on the limited English proficient students in my classroom, who are already challenged with learning to read English print, if I added cursive writing into my lessons.
All the while, I don’t want to feel guilty for not embracing a skill that has been highly respected and valued throughout time. Neither do I want to give a disservice to my students by not teaching a skill that could be considered relevant and honorable, or the contrary, wasting effort on a skill that won't be. I’m interested in knowing what the community thinks.
Has technology really taken away the need for cursive writing?
Is cursive handwriting just an art form?
Is teaching longhand unnecessary for limited English proficient students?
Should time be spent on teaching keyboarding skills rather than cursive writing?
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