Is this the end of handwriting? Indiana schools to teach keyboard skills instead

Jul 10, 2011 by

As the old adage goes, the pen is mightier than the sword.

But it appears the once untouchable writing implement may have met its match in Indiana, after the Department of Education said it will no longer require public schools to teach cursive writing.

State officials sent school leaders a memo April 25 telling them that instead of cursive writing, students will be expected to become

 

 

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Out with the old: Indiana children will no longer be compulsorily taught cursive handwriting

Out with the old: Indiana children will no longer be compulsorily taught cursive handwriting

The Times of Munster reports the memo says schools may continue to teach cursive as a local standard, or they may decide to stop teaching cursive altogether.

East Allen County Schools Superintendent Karyle Green said she didn’t find the decision surprising.

‘The skill of handwriting is a dying art,’ she said. ‘Everything isn’t handwritten anymore.’

The district will still teach cursive, albeit in a limited form, according to curriculum director Marilyn Hissong.

via Is this the end of handwriting? Indiana schools to teach keyboard skills instead | Mail Online.

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