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Superintendent’s Message

 

print vs cursive
should kids learn cursive





Write or Write

It is not difficult to stir up a heated debate regarding the merits of learning cursive. For those of us who have a few years to our credit, we can somewhat remember back to 3rd grade when learning to write in cursive was not only required, it was the skill that we needed to be successful. However, shortly around the release of common core standards, questioning the necessity of cursive writing became a hot topic. Granted, not all states adopted those standards but we all knew cursive writing was not included.

So what are the arguments for cursive writing? The three that I hear the most include needing a signature, reading historical documents and helping students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Let’s see if there is any merit to these arguments. I can assure you that my signature doesn’t spell out my name, and I guarantee you won’t be able to read it. In fact, many of us who provide a signature often resort to illegible squiggles. Many documents now allow for a printed or even an electronic signature. My signature is important but I could easily change it if I wanted to.

How about reading all those historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence?  That could be a concern for some but in reality, most historical documents are not written in English, are not written in English cursive and are not even from the United States. Fortunately, thanks to technology, many of these documents are also available in print allowing us all to read.

Finally, does teaching cursive assist those with some types of learning disabilities? Absolutely! Learning cursive helped us all to develop fine-motor skills and create stronger hand-eye coordination. Writing in cursive also helps us to retain information longer and more accurate. Though many of us may have complained quite a bit while having to figure out how to write the word “Quiz” in cursive, we gained a life-long skill.

On the other hand, can we write in cursive as fast as we type on our computers or even our phones? Is it more difficult to read a letter from Grandma in cursive than receiving a typed out Christmas letter? I think most of our readers would prefer that I continue typing these articles as opposed to me sending hand-written letters that are a struggle to read. The debate will continue whether I “write because it is an important skill or I “write” because I’m in a hurry!

          

 Dr. Richard Rosenberger

 

Mission & Vision

Our Anderson School District Two mission, in partnership with the total community, is to develop the potential that exists in every student to meet the needs of a changing world.

The Vision of Anderson School District Two:

Respecting the Past. . .
Embracing the Future. . .
Opening the World. . .




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