Idaho representative fights to keep cursive writing in schools

11/13/2013 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Idaho – Republican Idaho State Representative Linden Bateman is leading a battle to keep cursive writing in classrooms across America. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), 45 states that have adopted the new Common Core educational standards are fighting to restore cursive writing instruction, which was dropped by the changed standards that have been impacted by the digital age.

Bateman is quoted by the AP as stating, “Modern research indicates that more areas of the human brain are engaged when children use cursive handwriting than when they keyboard… We’re not thinking this through. It’s beyond belief to me that states have allowed cursive to slip from the standards.”

Penmanship classes have reportedly been dropped for a number of reasons including more of a purported need for students to master computer keyboarding.

Morgan Polikoff, an assistant professor of K-12 policy and leadership at the University of Southern California, is quoted as stating of the issue, “If you just stop and think for a second about what are the sorts of skills that people are likely to be using in the future, it’s much more likely that keyboarding will help students succeed in careers and in school than it is that cursive will.”

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