Is cursive writing a thing of the past?
POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 6:02pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 1:04pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — Even though the future is unwritten, cursive writing will be taught in Texas schools for now. While schools across the nation may be no longer teaching this historic writing skill, Amy Laney, English Language Arts Facilitator at Tyler ISD, says cursive writing is still alive in the lone star state. "So many of our primary source documents for example the Constitution, and the Declaration of independence are written in cursive so we cannot let it be a dying art," said Laney.
All of the third and fourth grade students learn how to write in cursive, and it is used every day in their schools for essays and responses to literature. It can also be used it for the writing portion of the STARR exam.
However, the Common Core Curriculum does not require schools to teach cursive writing. Common Core is used in 45 states, and the standard says students by the end of the 4th grade should be able to demonstrate "sufficient command of keyboarding skills,"
While some see it as a dying art and being replaced with today's technology, Etiquette East Texas Amy Riestenberg believes it should be used. "I think we still need to be teaching it...it shows elegance and grace, and it shows you took the time and effort to care about somebody to write something down, to take a pen and not just type it," said Riestenberg.
Do you think cursive writing is a thing of the past? Or do you think it should still be taught in school? Leave your comments below!