Time to Dump Cursive Writing?

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The Common Core State Standards do NOT require cursive writing instruction and many states have encouraged schools to focus on keyboarding instead and/or left it up to districts to decide. IS IT TIME TO DUMP CURSIVE WRITING FROM THE CURRICULUM?

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I'm a 25 year veteran middle school teacher, and a computer/technology teacher for about 15 of those years. I've seen a dramatic decline, IN GENERAL, for students having the ability to attend/focus on tasks. Again, as a veteran teacher who started off with elementary certification, imho the instruction of cursive writing is important for not only having students have legible writing when it is necessary - but I think it helps students make those necessary brain connections when they are younger to develop fine motor skills AND a better ability to attend and focus on tasks.

Keyboarding is more relevant, but handwriting still matters - cursive writing doesn't. Simple legible print is enough to read notes stuck on the fridge or scribbled on paper - the only places most digitally literate people handwrite nowadays. Serious communication needs a keyboard, though one day it will only need our voice.

The last I knew, cursive writing is STILL expected on the SAT. And, keyboarding is NOT required on the ISTEP yet.

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