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[FONT=Arial Black][size=4][FONT=Times New Roman][FONT=arial]Indiana Drops Cursive Writing Requirement
[FONT=arial]Computer keyboards and smartphones are finally taking their toll on a centuries-old art form: cursive writing.
This fall, Indiana will become the latest state to drop a requirement to teach cursive as part of the public school curriculum.
State officials alerted school leaders to the change earlier this year, letting them know that students will instead be expected to become proficient in keyboard use, according to Indiana news station Local12.
The debate over the need for cursive isn’t a new one. The worries range from more emotional concerns, like a growing detachment from the written word, to more practical ones, such as fears that a sloppy, simplistic and inconsistent signature is much easier forged.
Those who support the move, meanwhile, say that classroom time is limited and teachers should use the time they have to build computer skills and typing prowess at a time when more and more communication takes place online.
Are they still teaching block printing? Or just assume everyone has a “device” for to-do, grocery lists, &c.
This is not a new debate. When my son was in grade school his teacher said she was not taught cursive and had to learn it as an adult so she could teach it. [/FONT][/FONT][/size][/FONT][FONT=arial][/FONT]