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Cursive: A Dying Art?

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Here's one to think about, how much do you hand write? How much do you write in cursive?  If you're like many Americans, it's not much.

 That may be due to the fact that for the past 10 to 15 years, hand writing has gradually been phased out of school curriculums.  And, while a 2007 study by Vanderbilt University found that 90 percent of teachers in private and public schools say they still taught cursive writing, the National Common Core Standards for language arts (The guidelines of what schools should cover when it comes to reading and writing), do not require script to be taught.  Teachers across the country say its too time consuming, and a dependence on technology is making the writing form obsolete. 

 Some Minot residents agree with the evidence, "Yeah they got Skype now, you can just get online and see whoever you're wanting to talk to, and talk to them.  So there's really not much use for writing anymore is there," said Matthew Boin.  Clifford Jacobson added, "So much is being done now with email, and texting and stuff that you don't see it a whole lot, but I think it's still a personal touch."  But an official from Minot Public Schools believe its still worth the class time, "The research and the reading I've done regarding this, I've read enough to know that I'm not comfortable enough with cursive writing going away.  And really 15 minutes a day for hand writing instruction, is all the research says," stated Shawneen Voiles, the District Reading and Language Arts Coordinator for MPS.

 As of 2010, 45 states, including North Dakota, have adopted Common Core Standards.  Voiles says the School District will continue to teach cursive at the third grade level.

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