September 12, 2019 0

Should kids still learn cursive?


YOU TRAVEL ON THE LODGE. OVER TO YOU. ♪♪>>Evrod: IT IS 6:47. ALL WEEK, ALL THIS WEEK, WE’RE HELPING FAMILIES GET READY TO HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL.>>Rhonda: AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE’VE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT IS THIS WHOLE CURSIVE WRITING PHENOMENON. IN SOME ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, THERE’S A GROWING DEBATE OVER WRITING IN CURSIVE. IS IT STILL A VALUABLE SKILL IN THIS INCREASINGLY HIGH-TECH WORLD?>>Evrod: DR. McGEORGE DIVES INTO THE DEBATE.>>Dr. McGeorge: CURSIVE WRITING IS BEING CUT BUT SOME STATES ARE FIGHTING BACK. PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN LOUISIANA WILL BE REQUIRED TO TEACH CURSIVE BY THIRD GRADE. JOINING AT LEAST 13 OTHER STATES THAT MANDATE CURSIVE. IT IS NOT REQUIRED IN MICHIGAN BUT MANY PEOPLE STILL WANT IT TAUGHT.>>I WRITE FASTER IN CURSIVE AND TAKE NOTES ON THE JOB.>>KIDS A SPOILED WITH COMPUTERS AND TYPING EVERYTHING IN. I THINK, YOU KNOW, IT INVOLVES PATIENCE FROM THE PARENTS AND THE KIDS.>>I BELIEVE CURSIVE IS BETTER. IT’S MORE ADVANCED. AND IT’S MORE ARTISTIC. IT REQUIRES A LOT OF CONTROLLING, YOU KNOW LIKE CONCENTRATING.>>Dr. McGeorge: BUT NOT EVERYONE IS CONVINCED.>>I DON’T THINK IT’S NECESSARY, HONESTLY. IF PEOPLE WANT TO DO IT ARTISTICALLY, THEY CAN LEARN IT BY THEMSELVES.>>I THINK CURSIVE IS WRITING SIGNATURES, BUT THE WAY TECHNOLOGY IS ADVANCING, IT’S NOT AS RELEVANT.>>Dr. McGeorge: IS THERE AN EDUCATIONAL BENEFIT TO LEARNING CURSIVE? WE ASKED THE EXPERT AT BEAUMONT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.>>I THINK THE MORE IMPORTANT QUESTION TO ASK, IS HANDWRITING IN GENERAL IMPORTANT? STUDIES THAT WE HAVE DEFINITELY SHOW THAT HANDWRITING IS IMPORTANT FOR LEARNING AND IMPORTANT FOR RETAINING INFORMATION.>>Dr. McGeorge: THAT’S BECAUSE HANDWRITING IS A MORE COMPLEX PROCESS IN THE BRAIN. IN FACT, A STUDY FOUND COLLEGE STUDENTS WHO TOOK NOTES BY HAND PERFORMED BETTER ON TESTS COMPARED TO STUDENTS WHO TOOK NOTES ON A LAPTOP.>>ONCE YOU LEARN TO TYPE, YOU CAN GO PRETTY FAST. BUT HANDWRITING IS, BY NATURE, GONNA BE SLOWER. YOU HAVE TO ABLE TO THINK AND WRITE IT DOWN AT THE SAME TIME. P>>Dr. McGeorge: IS THERE A BENEFIT OF CURSIVE OVER PRINTING? IT DEPENDS. FOR SOME, CURSIVE IS THE BETTER OPTION.>>YOU HAVE TO PICK UP YOUR PENCIL FROM THE PAPER AND ALL THE LETTERS ARE CONNECTED AND IT’S MUCH MORE FLUID, SO SOMETIMES CHILDREN DO BETTER IF THE PEN AND THOUGHTS ARE FLOWING TOGETHER WITH FEWER INTERRUPTIONS.>>Dr. McGeorge: SHE HAS HER GREAT GRANDFATHER’S SPELLING BOOK FROM 1905.>>TO SEE THE BEAUTIFUL CURSIVE HANDWRITING COMPARED TO PRINT. I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO DO THIS.>>Dr. McGeorge: FOR TODAY’S KIDS…>>IT’S GOOD TO OFFER BOTH AND THEY PICK WHAT’S BEST FOR THEM.>>Dr. McGeorge: AND IF YOU NEED ANOTHER ARGUMENT, THERE’S THIS IN 12-YEAR-OLD ELLA.>>I THINK IT’S GOOD TO KNOW, BECAUSE MY PARENTS WRITE IN CURSIVE, AND SOMETIMES I CAN’T READ WHAT THEY’RE SAYING.>>Dr. McGeorge: AN OLD JOKE THAT SOME DAYS US OLD FOLKS CAN USE CURSIVE AS OUR SECRET CODE. WE FOUND SUPPORT FOR KEEPING CURSIVE AROUND BUT DID NOT FIND A LOT OF ADULTS WHO USE IT THEMSELVES. BACK TO YOU.>>Evrod: PRINT IS MORE NATURAL FOR ME.>>Rhonda: IT’S MORE LEGIBLE FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, TOO.>>Evrod: I THINK ONE THING THAT IS IMPORTANT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR WRITING IS LEGIBLE. WE HAVE A SEGMENT PRODUCER IN THE NEWSROOM, HER WRITING IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO READ. SHE KNOWS WHO SHE IS.>>Rhonda: WOW, CALLING PEOPLE OUT.>>Evrod: SAYING EVERYTHING BUT HER GOVERNMENT NAME. WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK. HEAD OVER TO OUR LOCAL 4 FACEBOOK PAGE TO SHARE WHY OR WHY NOT TO KEEPING IT IN THE

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