Cursive still has place in educational process

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Cursive handwriting, still considered an important skill by many teachers, is thought to be outdated by others due to digital technology.

The Kansas State Board of Education decided the state’s new handwriting standards should encourage schools to make sure that fifth- and sixth-graders can write legibly in cursive.

Even though many young people used to computers and cell phone correspondence no doubt wonder why they’d even need such handwriting ability, a good number of educators rightly believe good penmanship shouldn’t be erased from the old standards of reading, writing and arithmetic.

Studies have found that many teachers believe students with fluent handwriting produce written assignments that are easier to read, and better in quality. Educators have cause to believe students are more thoughtful when writing something longhand, vs. hastily pecking away on a keyboard.

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