Cursive is antiquated

February 9, 2013

In a political climate where jobs is the watchword of every campaign, I am confused and saddened by the state Senate Education Committee’s 7-4 vote endorsing a bill that would mandate the teaching of cursive writing in elementary school. It is backward-looking, places unnecessary burdens on overburdened teachers and does nothing to develop competent 21st century citizens.

Virtually none of my students write in cursive; all of them, however, must be able to write well using a computer.


Patrick McAlister
English teacher, Indiana Math and Science Academy-North; member, Democrats for Education Reform

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