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DD2 weighs in on cursive writing

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cursive writing is not a part of DD2’s curriculum but it might become one if several bills pass in South Carolina.

Recent news reports indicate a House education panel has been discussing bills that would add cursive writing to the list of required subjects of instruction in public schools.

DD2 Assistant Superintendent Sean Alford said that, assuming it is being done in the best interest of students, DD2 will be compliant with anything it is asked to do.

“This is not something we feel will hurt children,” he said. “Penmanship is something that certainly does not hurt students.”

An argument against teaching cursive writing is that schools should focus more on teaching students computer skills. Alford feels students learning both penmanship and keyboarding are vital as they prepare for college and future careers.

“I don’t think it is a tremendous task to teach students to do both well,” he said. “We want them to communicate in a way that is meaningful, whether it is digital, writing or in verbal communication. They’re going to have to communicate in a multitude of ways.”

Peggy Franklin, assistant director of elementary curriculum, said although cursive writing is not part of the curriculum that does not necessarily mean students are not already learning it; there might be some teachers who work it into their writing instructions with their students.

“It is not part of the curriculum because the curriculum is packed with other things,” she said. “It is not something we follow as a standard that is required.”

While she feels computer literacy is “absolutely” more important to children in this generation, Franklin said she understands students will need to be able to perform tasks such as signing their names later in life.

“It (cursive writing) is not something that is discouraged, it is just not something that is being taught right now,” she said.

Part of the bill also includes having students memorize multiplication tables, which Alford and Franklin said DD2 students are already being taught.

“They more that they learn how to do the better off they will be,” Alford said.

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