My son's 4th grade teacher wants parents to spend $10 for each kid so they can get a book to learn to write in cursive. While I appreciate her gumption in keeping cursive alive I wonder if that's the best use of very limited funds. What do you think?
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- Please read...I would agree that it may be something of the past.
http://blog.coursecracker.com/2011/05/cursive-handwriting-teacher-lessons/Sep 27, 2011
- Cursive is not just for signatures. Writing by hand--which is made faster by using cursive instead of laboriously printing each letter--does indeed involve different parts of the brain than typing. And it is a very important tool in both creating ideas and cementing concepts for filing into long-term memory. We will be learning more and more about this as functional MRIs are used to map the brain and watch it in action. My kids are learning to type, and to write by hand. Their sense of mastery over such a grown-up skill as writing in cursive is also profound. Remember how mysterious cursive seemed when you were in second grade? That magic is still there.Oct 6, 2011
- We also just ran a story on this topic on MediaShift:
http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2011/10/in-the-digital-age-is-teaching-cursive-relevant279.htmlOct 6, 2011
- And more evidence that handwriting is important, via the Wall Street Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704631504575531932754922518.htmlOct 7, 2011
- Cursive is still something worth learning, but sometimes kids simply aren't able to use it effectively, no matter how much "perfect penmanship" teachers drill into them. I tend to write extremely fast. Always have. Too fast sometimes for even print to be legible to anyone but me. It's good for taking notes. Cursive does force me to write slower, but my writing still degrades as my brain is always two steps ahead of my pen. I had college professors tell me "you better type your papers from now on."
One area where cursive did help me is when I was learning Japanese. Writing in a complex syllabic/ideographic language requires fine motor skills and comprehension, more so than cursive. Though I rarely use it anymore, I believe that having cursive taught in my elementary school helped set the stage for me to grasp the written Japanese language more effectively. But I still write too fast, in both languages.Oct 7, 2011
- By the way, isn't 4th grade too late for learning something so important as writing? If I were a 4th grader I would just think it is one of the many things i learn at school and never actually use. For me cursive is one of the way i express myself, it is like wearing clothes. It is not about efficiency, if i wanted to be just efficient why would i bother choosing nice looking clothes? When all i need is to keep myself warm?Oct 7, 2011
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