Letter to the editor | Not writing is just wrong

February 7, 2014 

Common Core education standards dictate that cursive will no longer be taught in elementary schools.

They say keyboarding will enhance students’ chances for success much more then being taught cursive. Just a waste of time.

Those hours of cursive instruction could be better spent? A father took his 12-year-old son to get a passport.

The agent asked the boy to sign the application, and the boy said he could not. He could only print it. His father was totally taken aback.

Several states are fighting to keep cursive writing in elementary schools. Where are the rest?

It’s like we are in the Dark Ages: “It only helps distinguish the literate from the illiterate.”

The physical writing of cursive stimulates eye-hand coordination and creativity of mind and spirit.

It’s a travesty to lose this essential form of communication — to educate children and deprive them of the skills to write cursive, to express and develop their ideas and desires, and to have them face the ridicule of being asked to sign their name and not being able to do so.

Ed Temple, State College

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