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Cursive Writing

September 24, 2013

Dear Editor, In response to Virginia Helms, St. Clairsville, regarding “cursive writing”: Ms....

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Sep-25-13 12:18 PM

This began as a result of the "star witness" in the Florida trial of George Zimmerman committing PERJURY (for which she has not been charged) by stating that she wrote a letter that she then confessed she could not read!!! in our public schools has done wonders, hasnt it???

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Sep-24-13 4:36 PM

Handwriting matters: does cursive? The fastest, clearest handwriters join only some letters: making the easiest joins, skipping others, with print-like forms of letters whose cursive and printed forms disagree. (Sources on request.)

Reading cursive matters, but even children can be taught to read writing they aren't taught to use. Reading cursive can be taught in 30-60 minutes — even to 5- or 6-year-olds, once they read print. (In fact, there's even an iPad app to teach how: named "Read Cursive.") So why not teach children to read cursive: and teach other vital skills, including a form of handwriting actually typical of effective handwriters?

Educated adults increasingly forgo cursive. In 2012, handwriting teachers were surveyed at a conference run by Zaner-Bloser, a cursive textbook producer. Only 37% wrote in cursive; 8% printed. The majority (55%) wrote a third way: some elements like print-writing, others like cursive. When most handwriting teachers shun cursive, why e

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