Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Should Schools Mandate Teaching Cursive Handwriting?

From Curriculum Matters:

A House panel in Idaho unanimously approved a bill today that calls on the state board of education to require public schools to teach cursive handwriting, the Associated Press reports.

The bill's lead sponsor, Republican Rep. Lindan Bateman, made an "impassioned" case for his resolution before the vote, the AP story says, in which he cited tradition, along with some handwritten letters supporting the bill.

The issue of teaching cursive has gotten renewed attention in recent years, as advocates fear its demise in the digital age.

You can read more here.

I suspect most law profs breathed a sigh of relief when students started composing their exam answers on a keyboard instead of writing them out longhand. Should we jump on the bandwagon and require at least one assignment per course to be handwritten in cursive? I don’t think so.

By the way, for a page of notes written in cursive by James Madison at the 1787 Constitutional Convention, please click here

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