The Death of Cursive

Cursive script is disappearing. Apparently, several schools have deemed it an unnecessary practice, and are replacing its spot in the school curriculum with keyboarding. 

Read all about it here.

Back in the late 80’s, I was able to learn both. Proficiently. (Without the aid of a home computer, I might add.) But these districts claim they are running out of time in the day:

"We’re trying to be realistic about skills that kids are going to need," says Jill Camnitz, a longtime school board member in Greenville, N.C. "You can’t do everything. Something’s got to go."

Sounds like someone’s an underachiever.

But I guess she has a point - why would a kid need to learn how to sign his name, when X is always an option?!

Oh - and according to handwriting expert, Michelle Dresbold, ‘Typing doesn’t help the brain develop as much as writing in longhand…children are not thinking as thoroughly.’

Awesome. That’s exactly what we need.  People thinking less thoroughly.

I’m going to go cry over some half-formed status updates now.