Sunday, October 13, 2013
Two teenagers go to the store for their parents. Mom has given them a list of items to pick up for her. They are gone a very long time. Finally they return and do you know what took them so long?
They could not read the list! They are both honor students! Why couldnít they read that list?
It was written in CURSIVE!
Forty-five out of fifty states have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), a set of state-led educational standards. Texas, one of the five who has yet to adopt the Standards, has found one major flaw in them Ė they do not include cursive writing instruction as part of elementary school curriculum.
You can find information about this topic all over the internet. Hereís one example:
Our kids wonít be able to read the love letters or war diaries of their parents and grandparents.
How much history is WRITTEN in cursive?
How many ways will our kids miss out that we canít even think of right now, because they canít read cursive? If a kid wants to be a cop, letís hope she doesnít come across a suicide note or ransom note written in cursive, hmmm? Sheíll have to call for a translator! There are a thousand more examples out there in life and will be for a very long time.
The proponents of omitting cursive from school curriculums say it is more important for students to learn to use keyboards so they can survive in a technological age. Iím all for technology. I love it. I use my ipod, ipad, iphone and streaming movies every day. But canít they learn BOTH?
Are schools promoting PROGRESS or are they FAILING our kids? Won't they be losing a large part of their heritage?
I love new tech toys, but somehow not passing on the art of cursive writing seems like a mistake to me. Time will tell, I guess.
What do you think?
And tell me, is this happening in other countries? Or was this "Born in the USA?"