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Seen is a cursive writing book for elementary school children to take home and practice.  Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)
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Seen is a cursive writing book for elementary school children to take home and practice. Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Schools drop cursive writing

By Katherine Ayers

The Daily Reflector

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Pitt County Schools no longer is “officially” teaching cursive handwriting, due to the advent of the Common Core State Standards.

The schools had been teaching cursive writing in third grade, according to Cheryl Olmstead, assistant superintendent of educational programs and services. Because of new emphasis on 21st century skills, there is not a block of instruction reserved for handwriting in the curriculum. Instead, students learn to print and then transition to keyboarding skills in the third grade.


Olmstead said a team of teachers and instructional coaches are figuring out where cursive writing might fit into the new standards.

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People there are bigger

People there are bigger problems going on right now! The football program at JH Rose is under attack! Kids don't attend Piit County school to learn, it's the athletics that matter!

Handwriting matters ... But does cursive matter?

Handwriting matters ... But does cursive matter? Research shows: the fastest and most legible handwriters avoid cursive. They join only some letters, not all of them: making the easiest joins, skipping the rest, and using print-like shapes for those letters whose cursive and printed shapes disagree. (Citation: Steve Graham, Virginia Berninger, and Naomi Weintraub. THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HANDWRITING STYLE AND SPEED AND LEGIBILITY. 2001: on-line at http://www.sbac.edu/~werned/DATA/Brain%20research%20class/handwriting%20speed%20style%20legibility%20berninger.pdf ) When following the rules doesn’t work as well as breaking them, it’s time to re-write and upgrade the rules. The discontinuance of cursive offers a great opportunity to teach some better-functioning form of handwriting that is actually closer to what the fastest, clearest handwriters do anyway. (There are indeed textbooks and curricula teaching handwriting this way. Cursive and printing are not the only choices.) Reading cursive still matters — this takes just 30 to 60 minutes to learn, and can be taught to a five- or six-year-old if the child knows how to read. The value of reading cursive is therefore no justification for writing it. (In other words, we could simply teach kids to _read_ old-fashioned handwriting and save the year-and-a-half that are expected to be enough for teaching them to _write_ that way too ... not to mention the actually longer time it takes to teach someone to perform such writing _well_.) Remember, too: whatever your elementary school teacher may have been told by her elementary school teacher, cursive signatures have no special legal validity over signatures written in any other way. (Don't take my word for this: talk to any attorney.) Yours for better letters, Kate Gladstone — CEO, Handwriting Repair/Handwriting That Works Director, the World Handwriting Contest Co-Designer, BETTER LETTERS handwriting trainer app for iPhone/iPad http://www.HandwritingThatWorks.com

*to those concerned--the

*to those concerned--the teaching of writing thoughts will always be there. *my concerns? as as old retired teacher--need English books to teach the mechanics of writing of a "finished product", or a writing that is ready to be "published" which only means it's ready to be put up and ready for others to look at and read. *an ENGLISH book is the the best resource--students can take them home to help teach parents to teach their children--yes-parents need to learn too. *texting has probably helped/hurt people learn spelling slills--some have finally learned some phonetic skills. *i tire-i quit.

*taking away the requirement

*taking away the requirement of learning cursive writing will probably have the side-effect of making many students WANT to learn the art of squiggles and curls of cursive writing. i haven't researched yet, but why did we begin cursive writing anyway? even when we taught it, each student developed their own style of cursive writing which made reading it challenging. *smart to get rid of it as a requirement. *remember--teaching students HOW to write a story, a complete sentence, punctuation, main ideas, details to support a paragraph, etc have not gone. *Suggestion to pitt schools--you might need to do some PR WORK as i've already heard some upset folks out there who simply don't see a difference between printed and cursive writing and how to put down thoughts.

*finally--something smart

*finally--something smart done. writing in "cursive" is not a necessity of life or learning. *as a retired teacher of 30 years, i can tell you that much learning and teaching time has been spent teaching the "art" of squiggles and curls that make/mean the same as what is called manuscript "printing" letters. teaching cursive writing is a waste of time. teaching students to print legibly is a MUST. cursive not. *teaching students to write words and sentences that make sense is important. teaching students to write stories/creative writing is important. teaching the mechanics of writing is important. teaching to read and write facts is important. math and science skills are important. *cursive writing--not

Explain

How are they going to have a recognizable signature if they can not write in cursive?

Idiotic

Olmstead said a team of teachers and instructional coaches are figuring out where cursive writing might fit into the new standards. “The main thing is to have a recognizable signature,” she said. “Everybody is learning the standards this year, then we’ll know where it will fit (next year).” And this idiotic statement from one of OUR Assistant Superintendents on the "HILL!" Having retired from the corporate world, I decided to teach high school to give back to the youth - our future. My first year, I had the class write an essay - in cursive. You should have heard the moaning I listened to. The first one I read started with a capital letter and was one run on sentence to the bottom of the page filling every line and ending with a period. All this from a senior in high school. I am not an English teacher but was required to assist english teachers in their pursuit of the dreaded "Senior Project." The english teachers provided us with samples of previous senior projects to review and evaluate. They were atrocious filled with gramatical errors, spelling mistakes etc. When we addressed the short comings with the english department and stated we would not accept such work, we were suddenly NOT required to assist anymore. Back to writing. Penmanship IS a required skill in the corporate world. NOT just signing your name. It is a skill that should be taught as I was in elementary school. The emphasis on keyboarding is necessary but all the other "CRAP" taught in schools are NOT. I require cursive writing in my class and will continue to do so. It's amazing that basic Math skills are lost as well. Students today cannot perform basic math skills in the head. They NEED a calulator. SCHOOLS NEED TO GET BACK TO BASICS AND TEACH READING, WRITING AND ARITHMETIC! DPI has lost touch, Pitt County Schools and School Administrator have lost touch and are NOT displaying basic leadership skills needed for the benefit of today's and our future's youth.

How are

these students going to take notes in class in high school and college. My experience was that nothing made me learn faster than actually writing my class notes down in my notebook. Typing or recording audio on your laptop just isn't the same.

cursive handwriting

I don't know who you are fooling. Schools haven't taught cursive handwriting in YEARS!!!!! It has nothing to do with the "new standards". These poor children get to high school and can't read what's on the board. They go to another county and are expected to know how. We need to find room in the day and also give compensatory services for all the children you left behind.

I don't understand...

So now students don't have to learn to write? What's education coming to. We've already given up on math. If there was no "cash tendered" button on a cash register, the country would stop dead in it's tracks because people can't even count well enough to make simple change. Teachers, take a stand...as the song says..."teach, these children well". Lastly, good luck to those of you who really want to teach, looks like your back is up against the wall.

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