The increase in reliance on computers has led to a decrease in emphasis on cursive writing in schools.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – Many are now deeming cursive handwriting as a fading skill as the emphasis on computer work in schools has increased. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), teaching what are deemed 21st century skills has taken center stage many school systems across the country.
Jane Roberts, Kanawha County schools assistant superintendent for elementary education, is quoted by the AP as stating of cursive writing, “It doesn’t get quite the emphasis it did years ago, primarily because of all the technology skills we now teach.”
Many continue to debate over whether the decline in handwriting emphasis can be a hindrance to students’ overall learning abilities. Mountaineer Montessori teacher Sharon Spencer is quoted in the report as stating of the matter, “In the age of computers, I just tell the children, what if we are on an island and don’t have electricity? One of the ways we communicate is through writing.”
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