I have triplet nieces and nephew. They turned 14 in March. They have a pool party each year in the summer in lieu of a winter party. We were sitting around and they were all opening their cards and they came to ours and one of them said to the other, “can you read that?” To which the answer was “I can make it out.” Alrightythen. I wrote in cursive. I mean really, they are 14 and NOWHERE near “not smart.”
The discussion then went to the other teens there telling us that they never read cursive writing and while they are taught it in elementary school, nobody can really read it that well. Books and worksheets and such are all in print and then there’s the computer.
Well I’ll be darned. I can’t believe this. I had no idea that kids couldn’t read and weren’t encouraged to learn this. I then came upon this article quite by accident and now it’s really proof that these guys weren’t just trying to pull my leg. This article basically states that it’s not cutting cursive all together and that they will still teach it and make sure each child can read and write their own names. I guess that could come in mighty handy if they got a note from someone and could at least read “Dear So and So” but nothing else?? You’ve got to be kidding me.
I think this is about the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of. How can not being able to read a handwritten note or old letters maybe from a family member who’s no longer with us, not be important? It’s so easy for children to retain things like this and it’s proven that young minds are like sponges so why not take the small effort it would take to make sure all children can read in both print and cursive?
I’m such and avid reader and note leaver so this almost makes me sick. I know it makes me sad. What about you? Do you think 3rd graders should be learning keyboarding at the cost of losing almost all cursive learning? Once it’s learned, it will never be forgotten but if it’s not taught, they will most likely never learn it on their own. Don’t they have room for both? If not, can’t the serious keyboarding skills wait another year or so? I’ve written things in my life for my grandchildren later in life as well as Family Tree’s that are in calligraphy and now it will all be for naught.
I know one thing is for sure, my grandchildren will be getting a LOT more handwritten notes from me because it’s very important to me that they learn to read everything.