The loopy loos, the making the curvy letters, whatever you called it called, learning to write in cursive was a big deal back in the day. I can remember always struggling to get my ‘S’ right. On my good days it looked like a beautiful symbol plucked from an antique love letter. On my worse, it looked like a treble clef gone wrong.
Learning cursive was one of the most memorable parts of early learning, but if trends continue it could become an obsolete remnant of yesteryear for kids in school today.
So far 41 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards for English, guidelines that omit the use of cursive on standardized testing. While it may be a joy for some students, many proponents of cursive believe that without requiring students to learn it the art of penmanship will be obliterated completely.
Cursive is steadily becoming a dated practice, with today’s elementary students born into the digital age. In Albany, where educators are in a debate over whether to remove cursive from the curriculum, some say that cursive may not be relevant anymore. Jaqueline DeChiaro, a principle at Albany’s Van Schaick Elementary School says she is not sure:
“We do know that our kids are using their thumbs to do text messaging. They do a lot of things on the computer now. It is something that we’ve talked about, should we still be teaching cursive writing?”
While technology has made the typed text the norm, I know I for one love seeing a hand written letter. There’s something about cursive that is much more personal.
What do you think of the debate on penmanship Clutchettes? Should cursive stay or go?