Is Technology Making Cursive Obsolete?


This post is in reference to an article that focuses on society’s use of technology for certain tasks and how some technology use may be negatively affecting other skills we have obtained, specifically penmanship. While the skill may not necessarily be lost,  it may have become a less important communication skill. Although many people still write for personal use such as journals, or note taking; more often than not communication between one another is via digital tools such as email, texting or even phone calls. Even school assignments are most often asked for in a digital format. Take a look at the article below and submit your thoughts via the comment section here on our blog.

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2009/10/is_tech_making_cursive_obsolet.html

I have to say that while I agree that students should know how to write legibly without a keyboard, I wonder how important it really is for students to know cursive specifically. Perhaps it is my own bias, since I learned cursive in third grade and, beyond the instances I was required to use it, have rarely tapped into that knowledge. It seems that if a student needs to turn in a formal writing assignment, whether it be for school or a job application, it is expected that it will be typed, rather than hand-written. And I know cursive is supposed to be faster in timed writing assignments, but for those who never practice cursive (like myself), printing is much faster.

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