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Schools have less time for penmanship

Written By: Youki on January 26, 2009 3 Comments

from indystar.com:

Schools have less time for penmanship

Technology, new standards crowd cursive lessons

Third-graders in Michelle Webb’s Burnett Creek Elementary classroom were practicing how to form a lowercase f in cursive on Friday.

Determined faces sprinkled the room as the children wrote again and again — f, f, f — perfecting the “loop the loop” on top and bottom. Student teacher Allison Touloukian demonstrated the correct slant and curve on screen for the class as students practiced forming words.

Learning to write in script is a time-honored tradition. But in today’s time-starved classrooms, some around the country are questioning whether, given everything else vying for space in the curriculum and the increasing use of technology, teaching these children cursive is even necessary.

Local teachers say, if nothing else, its emphasis has diminished in recent years.

“Historically, we teach less cursive now,” said Webb, whose class works on handwriting for short periods two to three days each week. “It seems we have more and more standards we need to cover. The emphasis is on science and reading.”

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I can’t even remember the last time I wrote anything other than my name in cursive.  I have really funky handwriting, though.  I remember learning it in elementary school, and my letters would always lean towards the left (I’m right-handed).  My teachers would try to get me to lean my letters to the right, but my hand just wouldn’t do it.  Wonder what that means.

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3 Responses to “Schools have less time for penmanship”

  1. Usree Bhattacharya on: 26 January 2009 at 5:57 pm

    What a cool article! Hey, Youki, how about scanning something you write so we can see what you’re talking about? 🙂

    And a little heh…

  2. Youki on: 28 January 2009 at 7:03 pm

    yeah I have nothing in cursive around to scan, and I can’t just write something because I haven’t written in cursive in so long that I’d be far too aware of how my letters lean to produce an unbiased example.

    This is what my handwriting looks like now. I can’t find anything long (like a letter) because the only things I handwrite nowadays are notes.

    I have no idea why the bottom is scribbled out.

  3. Usree Bhattacharya on: 28 January 2009 at 8:21 pm

    VERY interesting, Youki.

    I am so used to seeing your “voice” expressed in type, it’s a little unsettling how this seems almost too personal, too private almost…so removed from the “generic” text types that inhabit our worlds…

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