You may have heard that some students have gotten in trouble because they wrote their assignments in cursive. That’s right. Some schools across the United States PUNISH their students when they use cursive writing. Most older people agree that good penmanship and handwriting is a valuable skill as it exhibits organization, control, attention to detail, and puts a good foot forward for you every single time.
Being able to communicate in writing through cursive is a skill that is dying out. Schools not only do not want to teach it to their students, but they’re also even punishing some students who try to use the style of writing. But not every state agrees that cursive should be banned from the classroom. Texas is leading the charge to make cursive a required lesson again.
Texas made a state-wide decision to bring back cursive writing classes as of September 2019. But it was a hard fight for the traditionalists to win. They had to bring the issue before the State Board of Education and update its Education Code.
Texas is not the only state pushing to bring cursive writing back to its students. It is one of eighteen states celebrating the old style of writing – even as computers and texting threaten to annihilate it from our lives forever.
As the latest state to fight back against the dehumanization of writing, students will start taking their cursive writing classes in Texas when school starts up again in September.
Nay Roach, a 4th-grade teacher at Sam Houston Elementary School, said, “I’m from the old school, but with government documents and contracts and things like that, you need your cursive signature.”
Cursive writing will begin in the second grade for Texas students. When students complete that grade and move onto the third grade, they will be expected to “write complete words, thoughts, and answers legibly in cursive writing, leaving appropriate spaces between words.”
While that doesn’t sound like much of a milestone, it would be great to have students writing in cursive again. There’s just something special about putting pen to paper and making a mark on the world around us.
Cursive writing will not stop in the second and third grade. By fourth grade, students will be expected to “write legibly in cursive to complete assignments.” Then they must take that skill with them to the fifth grade.
According to a spokeswoman from the Texas Education Agency, schools will put added emphasis on cursive writing because there are studies out that show an increased correlation between handwriting and memory retention.
Katrina Erickson, of curriculum provider Learning Without Tears, said, “Studies have shown (it) to improve brain development in the areas of thinking, language, and working memory as well as stimulating the brain. Writing by hand helps to tie that content to their memory for faster, more efficient, and stable recall later on.”
Texas resident Mark Brassfield also noted how cursive signatures are also used in identity theft measures.
“Everybody writes cursive differently from others, and that’s how they detect problems.”
If students can’t write in cursive, they will be likely to become a victim of identity theft.
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