CullmanTimes.com - Cullman, Alabama

Education

April 7, 2013

Cursive writing at risk in U.S. schools

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Not far from State Sen. Jean Leising’s Capitol office is a museum that prominently displays documents penned by Abraham Lincoln. It’s a favorite educational destination for Indiana schoolchildren in the state where the 16th president grew up.

But Leising worries Lincoln’s elegant script may soon be indecipherable to young visitors because schools in Indiana and elsewhere are now allowed to drop cursive writing instruction under new national teaching standards crafted for the digital age.

Leising is convinced it’s a dangerous trend. To preserve penmanship, she has championed a bill to mandate cursive writing courses in all Indiana elementary schools.

“If kids aren’t taught how to write it, they won’t be able to read it,” said Leising. “So, in a sense, we’ll be creating a new kind of illiteracy.”

The use of cursive writing has been fading from society since the arrival of the computer keyboard. Advocates of longhand blame the so-called common core education standards for hastening its demise.  Debate over the issue has pitted teachers against teachers, and a fear by historians we are raising a generation of  handwriting illiterates.

Rolled out in 2010 by the National Governors Association and adopted by 45 states for implementation by next year, the standards set uniform expectations for what students need to learn to succeed in the technology-centric 21st century.

Those standards include proficiency in computer keyboarding by the fourth grade, but make no mention of the need for cursive writing ability, even though it has been integral to American culture since the nation’s founding.

That lack of mention has moved schools to abandon resources and courses once devoted to teaching penmanship – much to the dismay of those who say the curriculum change will eventually lead to an inability to comprehend both historic and contemporary handwritten documents, including identifying signatures.

Text Only
Education
  • WSCC CLT program celebrates MLP week 1.jpg Wallace State CLT program celebrates Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

    You never see them, but medical laboratory technicians play a vital role in the healthcare process. They are the ones who run tests on the specimens you provide, which help doctors confirm diagnoses and plan a course of treatment.
     

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • WES jump-rope for heart 1.jpg West Elementary Jump Rope for Heart Event

    The West Elementary Jump Rope for Heart event was held the entire month of February.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • East Elementary School to present ‘Oklahoma’ (VIDEO)

    April 22, 2014

  • Holly Pond Elementary's third nine-week honor roll

    HOLLY POND ELEMENTARY
    Third Nine Weeks
    All As
    • First Grade: Adrian Chan, Diego Arreguin, Sarah Brown, Corey Cummings, Gabrielle Hallmark, Jayda Miller, Ben Raley, Blake Rickard, Jose Aguilar, Kevin Davis, John Garcia, Sadie Graham, Dixie Ledlow, Kaecey Loyd, Anya Bolzle, Joseph Farris, Megan Fry, Carter Longshore, Alexis Millican, Westin O’Ryan, Courtney Parker, Kaden Smith, Libby Stallings, Silas Baty, Maddie Clayton, John Frasier, Jacob Hays, Tatum Mayfield, Aubrey Smith
     

    April 21, 2014

  • Welti Elementary's third nine weeks honor roll

    WELTI Elementary
    Third Nine Weeks
    All As
    ‰ First Grade: Tatum Brown, Olivia Butler, Jackson Cleveland, Kiley Crenshaw, L.J. Culwell, Isaiah Folds, Makenzie Fowler, Levi Kelso, Camara Marks, Ashlynn Massey, Jeremiah Oglesby, Shawn Sanford, Kane South, Olivia Stallings, Haley Tyree
     

    April 21, 2014

  • Winston County Technology Center Wins AAA/Ford Auto Skills State Championship

    Twenty high school automotive students from across the state turned out in hopes of tuning out the competition today in the State Finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition. The students fought for scholarships in the automotive industry and for the chance to advance to the National Finals, which take place at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. The competition, which is geared toward students looking to jumpstart their careers in the automotive industry, is especially relevant for today’s struggling economy, in which car owners are putting more money into car repair and maintenance as a way of avoiding the big-ticket purchase of a new car.

    April 16, 2014

  • Variety of classes offered during Homeschool Spring Workshops

    Wallace State Community College’s Continuing Education Department has a full slate of classes to offer homeschool students this spring with the second session as a continuation of the first session.
     

    April 14, 2014

  • WSCC invesTECHgate 1.jpg Wallace State to host approximately 600 high school juniors during ‘InvesTECHgate’ week beginning April 14   

    Wallace State Community College will host its third annual “InvesTECHgate” week beginning April 14, and this year’s event should be the biggest draw yet.
    Various Wallace State technical programs are set to be flooded with approximately 600 high school juniors from Blount, Cullman and Morgan Counties. InvesTECHgate allows high school students who may be interested in pursuing a career in the technical field to get an in-depth look at those programs on the collegiate level.
     

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • WSCC Ponder named gold scholar.jpg Wallace State Sophomore Ponder named 2014 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar

    Levi Ponder, a 2012 Vinemont graduate, is one of only 50 Gold Scholars among qualified candidates across 38 states, standing out among more than 1,700 applicants. The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic team and it will recognize Ponder at the Phi Theta Kappa National Convention on Friday, April 26 in Orlando, Fla.
     

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Commentary: At many leading schools, football fails to make cut

    To my astonishment, 67 of the top 100 schools, ranked by participation in college-level tests, said they do not field a team, denoting a shift in American high school culture, at least in those schools that challenge their students most.

    April 7, 2014