Reading, Writing Typing and Arithmetic
I was surprised to learn that cursive writing is being dropped from the curriculum in many public schools. At my last parent-teacher conference, I questioned my daughter’s teacher and found out that her school is one of those “many.” I was told that the viewpoint is, “if the students are not tested on the subject, it doesn’t matter.”
I understand that a keyboard has replaced the mighty pen and that schools are going to ensure their funding by focusing on student test scores. But I wonder about the reading and writing of cursive becoming a lost art. How will the students of today sign their names to contracts as adults? Will those treasured family letters stored away lose their meaning? In the future, will there be anyone left who can actually read the original Declaration of Independence?
Learning cursive at a young age broadens a child’s thinking skills. It’s an achievement to look at a bunch of squiggly lines and turn them into words; it takes focus to master the pen on paper. And, unlike algebra, cursive becomes a lifelong skill. (Okay, maybe that’s just me.)
I want my child to have the advantages that modern technology brings to education. But that doesn’t mean I’m willing to trade off all of the old. I will be teaching cursive to my daughter. Lucky for me, she’s looking forward to it. Her wonderful teacher offered to supply the materials to aid me in teaching her. Since her school year is full one, we will work on it during the summertime.
What do you think? Do you still want your child to learn cursive even though he may soon be texting you from his bedroom? Do you see it as necessary or do you think it’s a waste of time?