The SFUSD public elementary school my kids go to focuses a great deal of energy on cursive writing -- even making it mandatory at a certain grade level. While the students do get to do a limited amount of computer time, there is no emphasis on getting them to teach students how to type. This seems to me to be a somewhat archaic stance to take in this day of computer ubiquity. Indeed, I've heard from co-workers that some schools in the suburbs are completely downplaying cursive and instead focusing on getting kids to type on a computer. One school in the East Bay, for example, gives homework writing assignments with a "first choice" preference that it be done on a computer. I'm just wondering what parents with kids in upper elementary grades are finding their schools, be they public or private, are doing on this question.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Hot topic: Cursive writing
This from an SF K Files reader: