The continuation of the dumbing down of American students took another large step on July 8th, 2011: “Indiana will stop requiring students to learn how to write cursive beginning this fall under a multi-state initiative to raise standards in schools” called Common Core. In understanding that we are going electronic in all things written, the Indiana “intellectuals of policy” (my sarcastic parenthesis) have determined that legible handwriting is passe already. Cursive writing is now an “elective.”
This isn’t art? This isn’t beauty?
So, no more handwriting. When a legal document needs a SIGNATURE, will an X suffice again? What if they don’t even learn to hold a pen or pencil…or worse, Indiana, you are the beginning of the fall of Bic! More people out of work, since learning how to write…pfff…who needs it?
There is a beauty in good penmanship, an art in calligraphy, and it’s now being relegated to the trash bin. Read the link attached: one parent, named in the article, not here: she made a fool of herself enough in my eyes, by stating:
“I recently wrote a letter and it was tiring and cumbersome. It felt very quaint, as if I had a feather quill and an ink well.”
Yes, a parent. Dumbing down of America starts at the top. Way to go, Indiana education policy makers!!
I am wondering about one thing: the people who decided this, are their children in Private Schools where you know they would never stand for the elimination of things like this? Just wondering.