Digital kids can’t read or write cursive, reports the Sacramento Bee.
The world of personal computers, e-mail and texting has rendered the handwritten note an anomaly, something that many of today’s students get only from grandparents. Some parents complain that their middle schoolers can’t sign their names.
Mark Bradley, an English and U.S. history teacher at Rio Tierra Junior High, said students groan when asked to write in cursive.
“It’s a bit like going for a root canal for them,” Bradley said.
On a recent impromptu writing exercise, in which time was an element, of 65 students, only one wrote in cursive. The rest of the essays were in block, he said.
Cursive is important for cognitive development, writes Education Gadfly.
. . . it requires “fluid movement, eye-hand coordination, and fine motor skill development,” explains Frances van Tassell, an associate professor at University of North Texas.
Now that I’m on Twitter (as JoanneLeeJacobs), I wonder if the 140-count limit is teaching users to write concisely.