August 17, 2007
OK So I was having a conversation with my wife this morning about the things we teach in second and third grade. With young children and my wife about to start a new teaching position after being home for 8 years with the kids, this is the primary topic of conversation. (I sneak a quick comment in on Second Life or podcasting or Facebook from time to time, but they are generally ignored.) One issue that came up was teaching cursive writing.
Why do we still teach it?
I said that maybe we still need it to be able to read letters from our mothers, but my wife will certainly be emailing our kids. Our daughter is the only one in the family without a laptop now. So I really can't think of a compelling reason to teach it, except maybe for speed of writing. Most of us use some combination of print and cursive writing anyway.
I am guessing this has been a well hashed out topic on the blogosphere, but I though it was interesting. I was also wondering that if we didn't teach kids to read cursive writing as children, would they be able to easily pick it up (at least reading it) as an adult?
Come to think of it I can't remember the last time I wrote a whole paragraph with a pen.
Posted by Lee Kraus at 10:37 AM