Thursday, 1 January 2009

The dying art of cursive | | FLORIDA TODAY

The dying art of cursive | | FLORIDA TODAY:

"Some fear classic penmanship has been left behind as preparation for the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test dominates class time.

Others blame the rise of the Internet, combined with the push to ensure that children are technologically literate, for rendering delicate handwriting an art of yesteryear.

'With all the other subjects we must teach, we just don't have the time to spend a lot of effort on cursive,' said Carl Brown, principal of Manatee Elementary in Viera.

As a result, most primary school classrooms spend less than 10 minutes a day on longhand lessons, educators estimate."

My observations:
Lots of articles on this topic over the recent months. I think yes, having reasonably legible handwriting is still necessary and relevant. It may not be as relevant 5 years from now, but in the short term a sufficient amount of time should be dedicated to the effective teaching of this skill in school.

Also read the article "Some schools refuse to write off cursive" in the Sacbee:

What do you think?


  1. I think there is a place for handwriting - as there is for candlemaking ;O)

  2. Good one Darcy!
    I'm from the "ink monitor" generation. Hard to forget the imprint of that era.