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  • Should Schools Still Teach Cursive?

    July 7, 2011
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    Indiana’s Department of Education no longer requires public schools to teach cursive. Should we be concerned?

    ISI is a fierce defender of tradition in education (as in all things). But I must confess I’m having a hard time mustering outrage over this decision. I am a believer in, and practitioner of, the handwritten note. But cursive does not flow from my pen. (Truth be told, I have god-awful handwriting. Seriously, it looks like I write while wearing boxing gloves.)

    Perhaps I’m overlooking good reasons for teaching cursive. Are there pedagogical justifications for teaching cursive to students who will surely never employ the skill? What am I missing here? If I’m wrong on this one, somebody help me out.

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