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Antiquated Or Integral? Ohio Students May Soon Have To Learn Cursive

The Huffington Post – David Barden

“Could cursive be making a comeback? Students in Ohio may be required to learn the craft after the state’s senate passed House Bill 58 last Thursday. The bill, according to local NBC affiliate WCMH-TV, would allocate resources to schools allowing for the development and implementation of a curriculum to teach cursive handwriting.” (more)

How Important Is Writing by Hand in This Digital Age?

The Tech Advocate – Mathew Lynch

“Given the opportunity to take notes by hand or on the computer, most students choose the latter. After all, modern technology offers plenty of benefits for writers. The digital writing workspace is convenient for several reasons. A single laptop or tablet can hold all the books and materials a student needs. It can also contain tools for research, entertainment activities, and curated music. The tech devices make learning more accessible. With the push of a button or a tap on a screen, students can activate engaging learning experiences, or they can record lectures. Convenience, however, doesn’t trump old-fashioned writing by hand when it comes to learning. Writing by hand has benefits that technology has not been able to reproduce – yet.” (more)

Learning handwriting in the digital age

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“Many children are now more adept today at typing on digital keyboards then using a pen or pencil to express their thoughts. Educators and stakeholders, however, often feel a responsibility to ground students in using these traditional tools — and perhaps for good reason.” (more)

Cursive swoops back into curriculum

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“In these digital days, knowing how to write in cursive may seem a bit of an anachronism. People can sign legal documents online just by typing in their name, and whether a student can properly swoop their Y’s correctly doesn’t impact their ability to pass an SAT exam or even get their high school diploma.” (more)

Cambridge considers typed exams as handwriting worsens

The Guardian – Mattha Busby

The increasing illegibility of students’ handwriting has prompted Cambridge University to consider ending 800 years of tradition by allowing laptops to replace pen and paper for exams. Academics say that students are losing the ability to write by hand en masse because of their reliance on laptops in lectures and elsewhere. Sarah Pearsall, a senior lecturer at Cambridge’s history faculty, said: “Fifteen or 20 years ago, students routinely wrote by hand several hours a day, but now they write virtually nothing by hand except exams.”(more)

A comeback for cursive? More states encouraging penmanship in school

The Christian Science Monitor – Gretel Kauffman

“Cursive, the art of penmanship cast aside in recent years as schools increasingly focus on keyboarding, may be getting a second act. Last year, Alabama and Louisiana became the latest of 14 states to pass laws requiring cursive proficiency in public schools. And in the fall, New York City Schools – the country’s largest school district, with 1.1 million students – encouraged teaching cursive to elementary school students. As we as a society find ourselves relying more and more on computers, cell phones, and other forms of technology to communicate and express ourselves, many educators have declared cursive an unnecessary skill. In 2010, most states adopted the Common Core curriculum standards, which don’t mention handwriting.”(more)