Last year, Alabama and Louisiana became the latest of 14 states to pass laws requiring cursive proficiency in public schools. And in the fall, New York City Schools — the country's largest school district, with 1.
The dance of the pen versus digital communication is part of the Common Core rant.
Substantial research supports the need to teach children handwriting. There is a growing problem with time in classrooms to teach it! The most common practice is to teach print-script in the earliest grades. The characters are slowly drawn and stiff. Habits of movement motor memory are established only to be later tossed out.
In second or third grade new habits must be formed for a cursive alphabet with very different stroke direction and sequence that allows all lowercase letters within words to join.
Few young children have the interest, motivation or ability for this. So, as they grow older they achieve chicken scratch. It seems the word, cursive, has come to define only the Palmer-like version that dates to the latter part of the nineteenth century. I use the term, conventional cursive.
A variety of cursives have been used throughout the ages whenever literate people needed to make quick notations. For our Roman alphabet there is a better cursive, italic, easier to teach, read, and faster to write.
Basic, unjoined lowercase letters never change shape or stroke direction in order to join for fluency. This simplicity makes classroom instruction efficient, with plenty of time to teach computing too.
I have been sending out comments to many in the media, hoping to promote the study of the available research before decisions are made about handwriting instruction. Should conventional cursive be taught or another more fluent hand?
Why conventional cursive when many people say they cannot read it? Here are some of the misguided, misquoted statements I often read, and try to counter: No, any writing by hand does that.
Then why do I see so many media graphics of children writing their conventional cursive lesson with death grips on pencils?
No one is teaching the relaxed pen hold that is essential to fluent writing! No, every hand makes an individual mark. Advocates of conventional cursive may truly believe the unproven claims that conventional cursive is superior.
Frequently, the media backs up this belief by misinterpreting and misquoting researchers. Yes, even a recent New York Times article was misinterpreted.
Handwriting in elementary grades strengthens cognition. So children need it. They move their hands and fingers to form letters.Donald Trump’s gripes about the New York Times are usually about stories that are shown to be accurate. At the time of the Times article, The notes are all in his own handwriting.
A New York Times article states that, “Learning to write in cursive is shown to improve brain development in the areas of thinking, language and working memory.
Cursive handwriting stimulates brain synapses and synchronicity between the left and Author: Adrianne McCauley. Take a article in The New York Times about the pros and cons of handwriting. This alluded to a study allegedly demonstrating that cursive may benefit children with developmental dysgraphia—motor-control difficulties in forming letters—and that it may aid in preventing the reversal and inversion of letters.
A notorious Capital Region grifter with more than 20 prior convictions pleaded guilty Monday in U.S.
District Court to lying about her criminal record in order to score a job at a Troy post office. Jun 20, · Last year in an article in The Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Laura Dinehart, an associate professor of early childhood education at Florida International University, discussed several possible associations between good handwriting and academic achievement: Children with good handwriting may get better grades because their work is more.
First choose a good handwriting style for yourself. Then start practicing to write in that way by copying text from books or whatever. Then get someone to dictate you long paragraphs while you note them down and make sure you write in the new way.