I’ve mentioned this terrible education trend before. Linda Shrock Taylor mentioned a long time ago. People are becoming illiterate. Part of that is due to the loss of cursive writing (and reading) skills; see what Taylor had to say about it in 2011. By the way, the kids don’t know cursive. It’s like our secret voodoo code language. To the Z’s cursive is as mystifying as that circular number thingy ticking away on the wall.
Even Carlos Slim’s Blog has noticed the problem (and possible revival).
Cursive Seemed to Go the Way of Quills and Parchment. Now It’s Coming Back.
Nearly two dozen states have reintroduced cursive instruction since 2010, when the Common Core standards dropped a requirement that it be taught in elementary schools.
The Common Core standards seemed to spell the end of the writing style in 2010 when they dropped requirements that the skill be taught in public elementary schools, but about two dozen states have reintroduced the practice since then.
They’re concerned but they don’t know why (or much else). No mention of Taylor or her correct observation that learning cursive reinforces phonics and reading skill. They did, however, manage to find this millennial teacher in New York City … of all places:
Noelle Mapes, a third-grade teacher at a public school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, said the agenda to include cursive classes “feels like a big nostalgia move.”
“I’m a millennial teacher, so it almost feels like a boomer effort,” she said.
The practice was helpful when teaching children with occupational therapy needs or fine motor skill needs. But requiring cursive is not a good use of time, she said, especially because schools and teachers face more urgent demands.
“Add typing skills, anti-racist pedagogy, add activism skills, add digital literacy,” she said. “There are so many other things.”
Forget reading and civilization. We need to type! Because that doesn’t involve literacy in the slightest and, of course, there’s no such thing as talk-to-text, you know. Anti-racist is code for “anti-white.” Activism skills resemble idle unemployment. Digital anything is starting to sound like a world-ending sham.
I’m serious about the talk-to-text link, here. It exists, authors use it, and it stands to replace typing, as the idiots had typing replace writing. One small problem – large segments of the younger population are beginning to lose the ability to speak! Many, many most, have lost the ability to think. As an example, please refer to the above millennial teacher.
Homeschool or die.