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Robert Winner


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Should cursive writing be required in schools?

Only three state have made cursive a part of the core curriculum requirements while 45 states require proficiency in computer keyboarding at the elementry level. Some states have made cursive optional.

Has our society advanced to the point of where handwriting has become unnecessary.

What impacts can you see on not being able to write in cursive. Could printing be just as acceptable?


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  • Dec 3 2012: A lot of tasks in school are designed to stimulate the mind. The task itself is just a means of teaching the mind to process new information. However I don’t believe cursive writing is the most efficient way of helping in the learning process. Plus there is not much applicable use for cursive writing. Student’s time could be better spent. I’m sure we could all agree that there is “possibly” a more efficient replacement.

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