If every young child had a computer to write on, and the keyboards were built for young children, and we provided instruction to help them type fluently, then the need for handwriting would be questionable

In his New York Times blog post, “Ending the Curse of Cursive,” John Tierney quoted Vanderbilt professor Steve Graham: “If every young child had a computer to write on, and the keyboards were built for young children, and we provided instruction to help them type fluently, then the need for handwriting would be questionable.” Do you agree with Dr. Graham that we should eschew teaching cursive writing in favor of focusing on word processing instruction? What would be the impact of this decision on elementary children and curriculum?

 

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I want you to replay to these discussions Start with ( I agree or I disagree)

 

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I believe cursive is a dying art form. One New York Times article questions if cursive handwriting is a 21st century skill. A majority of millennials can hardly read or write in cursive. Children often learn cursive in 3rd grade. With standardized testing as the primary curriculum focus, there is little time to teach this skill. However, some studies show that cursive handing writing will “hone their fine motor skills”. With the diminishing art of cursive, handwriting is becoming poor and sloppy.  Handwriting will always be needed, regardless of technology advances, but cursive is a waste of time.

 

The answer should be around 100 words

 

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Steve Graham has an opinion on cursive writing.  He feels that we need to end cursive and focus on word processing instruction.  I do not agree with Dr. Graham.  I do think that we need more word processing instruction to help students function more efficiently in our technical society, but not at the cost of losing cursive.  Ending cursive would only weaken our curriculum more.  We need to use as many proven methods that we can to help children learn and express themselves.  As a math teacher, I see a need for more critical thinking.  As a teacher in general, I see a need for a deeper understanding of all materials.  With that being said, I am in favor of students still being taught cursive.  Students with dyslexia benefit from cursive writing.  It teaches them to look at the words one by one… when you write in cursive, each letter of each word is connected together.  This helps them stop and separate words so that they do not run together.  Marilyn Zecher, language specialist at the Atlantic Seaboard Dyslexia Education Center, told PBS that “cursive helps facilitate deeper and more critical thinking.”    If it helps children that are already struggling to read and write, why not use it with all students.  We could all use more critical thinking skills.

 

The answer should be around 100 words

 

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