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Some States Want Cursive Writing To Make Comeback In Schools

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Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 14, 2013 1:34 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 14, 2013 1:44 PM EST

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In years gone by, penmanship helped distinguish the literate from the illiterate. But in the digital age, people are increasingly communicating by computer and smartphone, with no handwritten signature necessary.

When the new Common Core educational standards were crafted, cursive classes were dropped. State leaders cited a host of reasons, including an increasing need for children to master computer keyboarding.

But at least seven of the 45 states that adopted the standards are fighting to restore handwriting classes.

Cursive advocates cite recent brain science that indicates the fluid motion employed when writing script enhances hand-eye coordination and develops fine motor skills, in turn promoting reading, writing and cognition skills.

In West Virginia, required cursive has not been part of teaching standards for several years, Liza Cordeiro, spokeswoman for the West Virginia Department of Education, said. Cordeiro said each school has oversight of its own curriculum and can include cursive as part of its classroom work if it wishes to do so.



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