Maggie Barger: Why don’t we just stop teaching children and just let their phones iPods etc do all the work. Yes, cursive should still be taught! Maybe parents should think twice before caving in on giving their kids so much technology.
Jennifer Heintzelman My mom died earlier this year. She left behind journals, written in cursive. Had I not learned how to write/read in cursive, I would not have been able to read her journals, her notes left on the margins of her Bibles, and many other things left behind. There are so many things written in cursive from our history, it’s important for students now to learn cursive. Our school (Mifflinburg) teaches a little bit of it and it varies by teacher on just how much, what they haven’t learned from school, I’ve taught myself (or am teaching). It’s not just a matter of what schools are teaching, it’s ultimately the parents job to ensure that their kids have the knowledge they need. There are resources online for parents to use to teach their children if the schools aren’t.
Eric Adams Teaching cursive is a bit old. I can’t think of anyone who really uses it in any form of communication other then signing your name. And it would be a lot easier to teach kids how to sign their name or to create a unique signature then to spend years teaching them a completely worthless skill.
I agree with the pro-cursive camp. I use it all the time, especially when taking notes on stories.
It is so much quicker, easier and sometimes, it’s just prettier.
What do you think? Should we still teach cursive writing?
Pennsylvania received a waiver for parts of No Child Left Behind, something that readers had lots of thoughts on, although most said the iniative was a failure. Here’s a peek at what they had to say: Brynne Clawser - “Having graduated only 2 years ago, I feel that my hs education consisted of being taught only what would get me through the standardized testing. By the time teachers get through all that crap, theres no time to learn the things that are useful for college and life. No child left behind hasn’t done us any favors. “
People were also VERY talkative about President Obama’s visit to Scranton – happening today. This post was the most talked about on our page this week. Most people either railed against Obama or decried the fact that the President should be given respect, if just for the office. Take a look: Tamara Fultz - “I wish I could go. Why wouldn’t one want to hear the president of the country you live in whether you agree with his politics or not? Isn’t that part of being an informed citizen? Truly evaluating someone based on what they actually say?”
Yesterday, I visited Midd-West High School to talk about raising money to bring in an artist in residence.
Budget cuts have cut funding for the program.
They’ve had an artist-in-residence come to the school during the past two years, and created some cool projects – like these low-relief sculptures which hang in the school’s lobby:
They’re made from several different materials, including old books. Very neat.
On the way back from the interview, we were thinking about other art projects that could be in schools that wouldn’t cost too much. Statutes are expensive, but maybe one that the students create using recycled materials?
What do you think? How would you decorate a school?