The Importance Of Cursive Writing

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In 1907, “School Days” rose to the top of the charts, courtesy of Will Cobb (Hanlin). However, 110 years later—while the ‘reading’ and ‘rithmetic’ skills live on—the fate of ‘riting’ hangs in the balance. In 2016, the romantic act of writing “I love you, Joe” on a slate, or even a piece of paper, seems archaic, at best. World War II love letters, beautifully written in cursive writing, now live behind glass cases in museums, unreadable to most of the younger population. The historic documents that formed the foundation of the United States of America, written in painstakingly perfect cursive, appear as hieroglyphics to many school-aged children. The need to access primary sources for research papers becomes infinitely more difficult for college students unable to read cursive writing. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the individual creativity unleashed by cursive writing becomes constrained. In this author’s view, these few examples, …show more content…
Parents want students’ time concentrated on college prep studies and STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)—the foundation of Common Core. Beginning in 2015, colleges began using Common Core based assessment tests for evaluating college readiness, and, in some cases, in lieu of placement exams. This decision puts additional emphasis on the weight of Common Core standards (Smith). Students, growing up in the digital era, no longer understand the importance of learning cursive writing. In the words of a 2106 high school senior, “things become obsolete. Typing is the new form of communication for our generation. Kids who don’t learn typing will fall behind. Kids who don’t learn cursive, well, they will miss nothing” (Kjar). Teachers remain shackled by Common Core restraints and the decisions made be administrators and school boards. Some teachers place cursive instruction within the “free” 15%, allowed under Common

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