Recently I read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that argued there is still value to teaching handwriting in schools. While I personally tend to agree with the value, I see that many of my educational colleagues worldwide beg to differ. In fact, there are schools in the USA that are removing cursive writing programs altogether, in favor of teaching students keyboarding from an earlier age. Are these schools technologically progressive, or are they denying students a skill they should still possess?
The following is the San Francisco Chronicle article link that argues in favor of teaching handwriting:
The following is a link to the Indiana News Center article which talks about Indiana’s decision to end their cursive writing requirement:
What do you think? At JAIS we teach cursive in 2nd and 3rd grade. Do you feel this is still a valuable skill for our children to learn? Do you see more value in our students spending time on penmanship or would you rather a greater emphasis be placed on keyboarding skills?
We welcome your comments and discussion!