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Controversy and conversation revolves around the topic of teaching students cursive. Join the discussion as we explore the positives and negatives and what’s unique about Catholic school’s approach.
I taught ESOL high school for 15 years (public school.) I quickly realized that my students could not read my hand-written comments in cursive. At the very least, I felt that they needed to have a signature to use on official documents, such as applications, driver’s licenses, etc. Many of their fathers actually had signatures with many flourishes. I encouraged them to investigate those in particular. Then, I shared cursive worksheets and had the students create a signature. A number of these students had not been in school since 2nd grade, but came to me for 10th or 11th grade, so there was a lot more going on than just “handwriting.” Technology plus Common Core together seem to have killed off cursive. I never taught in a grade where cursive was a component of my curriculum, but I do believe there is a place for it and that it shouldn’t be lost. (In my extended post-retirement career, I am in Catholic Pre-K. So once again, not in my curriculum.) I applaud the Bishops who want to retain it.
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