Under new national curriculum guidelines for English and math, 45 states plan to eliminate cursive handwriting, making computer keyboarding proficiency a requirement for completing elementary school.
Massachusetts, along with California and Georgia, is among the states that have preserved cursive as a mandatory part of third-grade curriculum in adopting their national curriculum guidelines for 2014.
Some educators say that cursive is a waste of time today. Proponents of teaching penmanship say that cursive helps students’ brains, coordination and motor skills.
Another problem is that when people can’t write cursive they can’t read it, either. This is especially detrimental to understanding our past, points out the Gazette article.
Handwritten letters and primary documents are often important links to understanding local, national and world history, and even family histories.
Think of the U.S. Constitution, letters from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, or even correspondence from parents and grandparents and earlier ancestors offering genealogy clues. Penmanship helps us understand and keep a valuable connection to our past, asserts the Gazette article.
One thing that might help students actually enjoy learning to write is the use of an ergonomic pen. The design of the UGLee Pen helps elementary-aged children learn to hold a writing utensil comfortably, eliminating stress and discomfort in writing.