Educational Technology

August 18, 2011

Area districts plan no changes yet with cursive writing issue

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Denise Wilson and Margo Rutledge Kissell, Middletown Journal

The new Common Core curriculum that Ohio has adopted doesn’t require schools to teach cursive writing. The age-old writing method is replaced by the more modern keyboarding to get elementary students familiar with writing on a computer keyboard. Ohio Department of Education spokesman Patrick Gallaway said the decision of whether to continue teaching cursive writing to elementary school children falls to the individual school districts. “It’s up to them, but it is not required now,” he said, acknowledging the issue has generated a bit of controversy because many adults still view handwriting as an important skill that should be taught.

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