Bring back cursive writing

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 2:26 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 2:26 p.m.

The subject is print vs. cursive writing.

Print writing is an important tool in the classroom and most children are exposed to it in their everyday lives.

For young children, print writing connects what they already know about the written language to what they are learning. It can be said that young children are exposed to a variety of print in the home, such as the logos and other writing on cereal boxes, which a child can associate with breakfast.

Sometimes, children may not be able to decode the word, but they are able to use the symbolic clues to "read" the meaning associated through the use of colors and graphics, which can contain rich, conceptualized clues. This identification of environmental print writing can illustrate to children that print is functional and meaningful.

By the time children get to kindergarten, they would have adapted to the written language from their knowledge and experience with literacy in their everyday lives.

On the other end of the spectrum, cursive writing should be implemented back in all day care centers, schools, etc.

Teaching cursive writing is becoming more of an exception than the rule. Now, in the 21st century, many school administrators feel as though cursive writing should be replaced with students learning keyboard skills. However, cursive writing can help to develop motor skills because it involves using the muscles in the hand in a different way than print writing.

Around the ages of 7 or 8, cursive writing skills can help with the child's motor skill development. If the child is not using their hands to create cursive letters, it will not be good for their motor skills.

Using cursive writing can also help the child to activate a different part of the brain because more concentration and thought are used when learning to form the letters and also when forming the letters. Cursive writing can be considered an art form in a time when a lot of schools are cutting art from their budgets.

The more diverse a teaching curriculum, the better. When children see the letters of the English language in only one form — print writing — they only get one chance to learn how those letters will look when written. By having to learn cursive writing as well, it gives students another chance to fully comprehend the alphabets and see them written in another form.

I encourage parents to be a voice for mandated cursive writing because when it states "signature" on documents, it does not constitute print writing.

Shanada Waters,


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