Cursive Writing in Georgia Schools May Be Tossed Out

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Cursive writing isn't listed anywhere in the new curriculum standards Georgia teachers may start using next school year although those standards could be changed.

School officials say teachers don't spend as much time on cursive writing as they once did, and the craft is actually disappearing altogether in some classrooms.

The reason? School officials say many students prefer computers or text messages to handwriting.

"It's just a skill that in the work place and in life that we feel right now our students need," said Superintendent Dr. Jean Quigg.

Dr. Quigg said even if Georgia decides to remove cursive writing, there are ways the school system can still implement it.

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  • by CR Location: Lawrenceville on Feb 21, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    It is more important that these kids learn how to read and write, than to learn cursive. When is the last time you saw a book or a business letter written in cursive? Never, of course. I work with people in their early 20's that can't put together a decent email at work, but can write in cursive. Who cares about cursive when they have no writing skills or reading comprehension? Priorities, people.
  • by Michelle Location: Thomas Co. on Feb 15, 2011 at 06:15 PM
    This is ridiculous. So what if kids prefer to text. This is one of the reasons they can't write, spell, or make complete sentences. I teach and have middle-schoolers who write as if they are in pre-K. It is sad when you can't read what a person wrote. I'm not talking about a few kids either. I'm talking about half of the kids out there. Handwriting - both print and cursive - needs to be taught, and kids should be held responsible for being able to write legibly.
  • by Becky Location: Cartersville, GA on Feb 4, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    This has to be one of the dumbest ideas I have heard. Explain how they are supposed to learn how to sign legal documents? We are relying too much on technology to teach. Most schools can't afford enough computers to keep this fad going. And there are still many familes that cannot afford to own a computer and pay for internet.
  • by Johnia Location: Flowery Branch, GA on Jan 31, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    I am shocked at the thought! I agree with Peggy, Woody, Donald, and Rachel. Was it now proven many years ago that it takes less time and energy to cursive write over hand printing everything? My grandson can't even read my cards I send him! Until they put a chip in our brains that can type what we think, I strongly suggest we keep cursive in the schools.....since when do we let grade schoolers make adult decisions?
  • by Rachel Location: Middletown, Ohio on Jan 29, 2011 at 12:32 AM
    What's going to happen to future 'scholars' if they find hundreds of years old documents and such? If they can't write in cursive, I'm pretty sure they won't be able to read in it. And it's not like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, or anyone else were typing things out on computers.
  • by Donald Location: Davenport, Fl on Jan 23, 2011 at 03:51 AM
    I think that in this era of standardized test that teachers much teach to they find it time consuming to teach handwriting. Yet there is still a need for it. Is their yet a replacement for a handwritten thank-you note? Do you dive for your laptop to make out a shopping list? Research shows that when a person writes something by hand it activates areas of the brain dealing with creative activities. Pushing keys on the keyboard does not do this. Memory is inproved when we use handwriting, to learn the spelling of words for example, or poems. The will be many times in life when the technology may not be at hand, but pen and paper are still there. Many kids still must copy assignments from the board in their classrooms, yet because the teachers themselves lack good writing skills the kids have a hard time. And kids cannot write fast enough in non cursive to get the assignments down. Will we lose the ability to read old letters? Kids who cannot handwrite cannot read cursive either.
  • by Woody Location: Los Angeles, CA on Jan 22, 2011 at 10:32 AM
    Peggy is right in her post, and the sad thing is some day these kids might have to sign the back of a paycheck or the dotted line on a paper contract and they won't be able to produce a legally valid signature. I can only hope that this idea of eliminating cursive writing is recognized as a dumb fad and is squashed before it's too late. Otherwise everyone will sign their name with an X, and if any disputes arise, they will be able to say How do you know it was MY X? Maybe it was someone else!
  • by Teacher/Mom Location: Tho on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:05 PM
    Requiring children to write cursive is an outdated wasted of instructional time. It is simply not needed anymore like it used to be. There are other, more important things that students need to be learning. Simply put - if it is not an integral part of the set of knowledge and skills that students need to learn, why keep pushing it? Don't live in the past! Also, good luck trying to implement it as a part of the local curriculum. What will you do when a student transfers in from somewhere else and has not had instruction in it?
  • by Diane Edwards Location: Mtn.Home Ark. on Jan 21, 2011 at 09:52 AM
    When did we start letting the younger generation make the decisions, as to what will or will not be taught in school? Have we all lost our minds?
  • by Peggy Location: LaFayette, GA on Jan 20, 2011 at 06:12 AM
    Relying entirely on technology is wrong. Basic is good. Basic is important. I don't know whose idea this was but I can tell you that the world that I work in requires signature and print when dealing with contracts, addendums, requistions, legal, and etc. Is the world going to accomodate our futrue GA leaders. Probably not. Signature and print is a very important aspect in who you are. Go ask a criminal lawyer how important it is. You know what I envision. Eventually, the good hearted common sense folks will stop relying on public schools for anything and focus more on other available means of teaching. Which may not be a bad idea considering how politics and unions want to control everything for their better good. Sincerely, Peggy Walker
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