Does the school system in your state still teach cursive writing?
Many states no longer teach students to write in longhand. I'm glad that, so far, students in California are still required to learn to read and write cursive.
My grandkids go to private school here in Montana and they are learning cursive.
It's sad if only the kids who go to private school learn to write cursive. Do the public school kids not learn cursive in Montana?
I'm not actually sure if they still teach it here. Our school system here is so poor (economically devastated) and has taken so many cuts, I highly doubt the quality of education the kids are getting in public school in our locale.
It's a special skill. No harm in learning it, just like other special skills. My mom, who was dyslexic, though brilliant, was not an outstanding student. However, she did have beautiful handwriting. I treasure the pieces of writing I have from her.
It was considered a necessary tool when we went to school. One thing that comes to my mind is reading old letters, writings from the past. Will that be something only those with a "special skill" can do?
My husband has some letters written by his grandfather in German Gothic script--- very hard to decipher, almost takes an expert because that writing was replaced by a more modern style. It is happening again.
In our district it's starting to go the way of the dinosaur and it saddens me. My teenager barely knows enough cursive to sign his name legibly. Most of his "longhand" is self-taught and a blend of print and cursive and it looks horrible. I don't think it's just because he's a boy lol. I think as technology advances there is an assumption people won't need it anymore, but I disagree. I really wish they would keep that going. I suppose it's more important to spend all the time teaching them how to pass tests to keep school funding instead of writing and critical thinking skills in our districts in my state.
No, my daughter who is 18 years old is still writing single characters. During my days, I was taught to write cursive writing when i was 12 years old. It continued until i reached 15 years old but by 16 years old- we just naturally changed the handwriting to single characters until now. Cursive writing should be taught in school, whether it is private or government support schools.
Longhand is still taught here in TN; but it is a cursory-taught subject at best, with little emphasis on quality. My kids have wondered what "use" there is in it, and says most of their teachers don't even use it. Having read notes from some of these teachers, and seeing their proclivity for grammatical mistakes, I have to wonder how they even got through college. These things, among others, concerns me about the general state of the educational system.
And isn't it a bit scary to know that these are some of the people teaching our children? I can't count the number of times I got notes from teachers with misspellings and grammar errors. I wanted to "red pencil" the note and send it back.
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