Cursive Handwriting

Posted on October 3, 2014 by Lesley Arnold

Our Oak Meadow teacher, Leslie Daniels, wrote this post for the Oak Meadow Heart of the Meadow Blog. I think the upper grades will enjoy it, too! Thanks, Leslie!

 

Cursive Handwriting

cursive-writing Did you know that at least forty-one states in the US currently do not require public schools to teach cursive reading or writing? This is due to the fact that many of the educational institutions are swapping out old state standards for new Common Core academics, which include the dissolution of cursive handwriting. Instead, the Common Core program prioritizes the use of the computer and the introduction of keyboarding skills, even for the early elementary grade levels.
 
cursivewriting1The de-emphasizing of cursive writing is a very controversial issue among educators, and I am grateful that Oak Meadow still sees the value in teaching this art form, as well as implementing it into the third grade curriculum. If you live near Hatfield, Massachusetts, there will be an inspiring exhibit to view this Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Hatfield Fall Festival. If you are unable to attend the festival, then I highly encourage you to read some of the articles about handwriting at the end of the post: The Lost Art of Cursive.
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