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Salisbury Parents and Educators Weigh in On Need for Cursive Writing


SALISBURY, Md-Most of us remember learning how to write in cursive but now you may call this skill's slow disappearance from classrooms, a sign of the times. 

When new educational standards called Common Core were crafted, cursive writing classes were dropped in several states nationwide.
The reason? Education experts say it's because of an increasing need for children in a technology-heavy era to master computer keyboarding.

Researchers say cursive writing sharpens motor skills and increases scores on the SAT's.

"There was a reason for it especially for more formal handwritten letters which I think still go a long way today and also for a person's signature that protects their identity." said Brian Perez who was at a Salisbury park with his daughter.

John Fredericksen who is the superintendent for Wicomico County Schools said that typing is the future, where many young kids have their hands on laptops, tablets, iPads and anything that has a keyboard. 

"Technology is actually a spur for the kids, the kids really like the gadgets the computers and the cell phones," Fredericksen said, "if that helps them motivate and get an emotional hook then we are all for it."

Perez said he hopes that by the time his little one is in school, he is hands on to take the responsibility of teaching her the cursive skill.

"I am sure that every parent has something that they want to pass along to their children and if that writing has to be done at home then we will do it at home," he said.

Karen Spangler who is a former educator in Worcester County said that she used to teach cursive writing for years and is sad to see it slowly diminish is the classrooms. 

"I have been pushing technology for a long time, when I was in the classroom I was one of the first to get the kids on the computer in my school but I think there is a place for both," Spangler said.


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