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November 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Poll: Should children still learn cursive in school?

Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times

Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times

The debate over Common Core has unearthed a new sticking point: cursive.

According to a story published today by the Associated Press, at least seven states (California, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah) have moved to include script-writing instruction in their Common Core standards.

Why? Cursive advocates say penmanship practice helps students develop a wide range of skills and personal qualities, from creative thinking and hand-eye coordination to the ability to read historic documents.

Critics, meanwhile, point to the proliferation of digital tools in modern classrooms and to the keyboard’s continuing rise as a preferred communication tool.


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