I remember the very first time I wrote cursive...Well, maybe not the very first time, but I do remember how proud I became to sign my name with my signature. What I would call, my covenant to my word being sound and truthful.
So why is the tactic in our public schools to stop teaching cursive?
What happens to our past history, if the next generation becomes so ignorant that cursive become like hieroglyphics to them? Then, you are subject to those TEACHING to telling you the truth...How's that going inside America?
More 'High School Graduates' are 'graduating' not even able to read or write...and yet our public schools keep getting more and more tax dollars, the teachers unions get more and more powerful...and the fact teachers bus their students to vote, makes more and more sense, in nonsense of what a teachers job really has become. Ignorance personified. Liars to education with revisionism to facts and more 'test' becoming 'multiple choice' with a pencil filling in a circle, than teaching there is only one answer and students to use thier brains again.
Why would the government not want the next generation to know the history they hold back from our students in school? Because then racism doesn't hold to where teachers try to hold it to, black history would show black Americans have been a force in building our 'Republic'...and Republican Party. Whites stood by many blacks, to the point they were hung also, had crosses lit in white Americans yards and whites put all they had on the line to free slaves...Why isn't that being celebrated in classrooms, bring white and black together?...Because it would bring whites and blacks together...and many revisionist historians, teachers and politicians out of business.
Think about it. What if the generation just being born now, couldn't even read our Constitution alone? What about just signing your signature to own a house?...Will they even own a house with government expanding its control?
I am personally trying to get a hold of certain books, before 1950, to share with my niece and nephews, as they get old enough to understand.
I also have been saving up to get a Noah Webster Dictionary, that uses Bible verses to explain the definition of words. Also the fact Noah gave his reasoning for making a book to define words, because of sources that were, even at that time, trying to redefine words meanings, to lower the standing of laws and our Constitution.
Government is doing everything it can, to redefine mans/womans purposes, especially taking God out more and more.
There are TONS of articles warning this 'simple step' of taking cursive out of schools..
Cursive handwriting disappearing from public schools
The curlicue letters of cursive handwriting, once considered a mainstay of American elementary education, have been slowly disappearing from classrooms for years. Now, with most states adopting new national standards that don’t require such instruction, cursive could soon be eliminated from most public schools.
For many students, cursive is becoming as foreign as ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. In college lecture halls, more students take notes on laptops and tablet computers than with pens and notepads. Responding to handwritten letters from grandparents in cursive is no longer necessary as they, too, learn how to use email, Facebook and Skype.
And educators, seeking to prepare students for a successful future in which computer and typing skills have usurped penmanship, are finding cursive’s relevance waning, especially with leaner school budgets and curricula packed with standardized testing prep. So they’re opting not to teach it anymore.
“It’s seeing the writing on the wall,” said Patricia Granada, principal at Eagle View elementary in Fairfax County. “Cursive is increasingly becoming obsolete.”
Michael Hairston, president of the Fairfax Education Association, the largest teachers union in the county, called cursive “a dying art.”
“Cursive writing is a traditional skill that has been replaced with technology,” Hairston said. “Educators are having to make choices about what they teach with a limited amount of time and little or no flexibility. Much of their instructional time is consumed with teaching to a standardized test.”
Since 2010, 45 states — including Maryland — and the District have adopted the Common Core standards, which do not require cursive instruction but leave it up to the individual states and districts to decide whether they want to teach it. A report the same year by the Miami-Dade public school system found that cursive instruction has been slowly declining nationwide since the 1970s.
“The Common Core State Standards allow communities and teachers to make decisions at the local level about to teach reading and writing . . . so they can teach cursive if they think it’s what their students need,” said Kate Dando, a spokeswoman for the Council of Chief State School Officers, which promotes the Common Core. “The standards define the learning targets that need to be met to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and careers. . . . The decision to include cursive when teaching writing is left to states, districts, schools and teachers.”
A few D.C. traditional public and charter schools offer cursive; most others don’t. In Montgomery County, cursive is part of the curriculum, school officials said, but in most cases, it is up to educators to make the time to teach it.
The Virginia Department of Education mandates that third-graders should be able to read and write legibly in cursive. Although cursive is technically part of the curriculum in Fairfax County, the reality is that it’s not widely taught, teachers said.
Proponents of cursive say that many of the country’s historical documents were written in the fancy script, including the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. They say that future historians who lack the ability to read cursive might not be able to study original historical documents.
Steve Graham, an education professor at Arizona State University and one of the top U.S. experts on handwriting instruction, said he has heard every argument for and against cursive.
“I have to tell you, I can’t remember the last time I read the Constitution,” Graham said. “The truth is that cursive writing is pretty much gone, except in the adult world for people in their 60s and 70s.”
He said that today’s teachers value typing more than handwriting, and that by the 12th grade, about half of all papers are composed with computer word processing.
“When you think about the world in the 1950s, everything was by hand. Paper and pencil,” Graham said. “Right now, it’s a hybrid world.”
Graham said the argument for keeping cursive around centers more on tradition than practicality.
“What I typically hear for keeping cursive is how nice it is when you receive a beautifully cursive-written letter. It’s like a work of art,” Graham said. “It’s pretty, but is that a reason for keeping something, given that we do less and less of those kinds of cards anymore?”
Deborah Spear, an academic therapist based in Great Falls, said cursive writing is an integral part of her work with students who have dyslexia. Because all letters in cursive start on a base line, and because the pen moves fluidly from left to right, cursive is easier to learn for dyslexic students who have trouble forming words correctly.