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Tuesday
Jan252011

End of the Line for Cursive?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The handwriting may be on the wall for cursive. At least that's what some people fear as schools across the country continue to drop cursive handwriting from their curricula.

Forty-one states have so far adopted the new Common Core State Standards for English, which does not require cursive. Set by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA), the standards provide a general framework for what students are expected to learn before college.

No longer included in that framework is cursive. States are allowed the option of re-including it if they so choose, which is what Massachusetts and California have done.

The latest to contemplate abandoning the script is Georgia, where teachers and administrators will meet in March to discuss erasing the longhand style from its lesson plans, says Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The argument is that cursive is time-consuming and not as useful as the keyboard skills students will need as they move on to junior high and high school, he says.

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