Workshop Shows Teachers How to Teach Cursive

Teachers in San Diego are learning how to teach cursive, while the national debate over whether handwriting is obsolete rages on.

The Handwriting Without Tears workshop Friday showed teachers the proper way to teach cursive, but questions still surround the need for penmanship in the digital age.

"You have to have both," said workshop teacher Dianna Ruck. "Research shows there is more brain activity if you have paper to pencil than there is with keyboarding."

Ruck said when someone needs to remember something important, we typically write it down.

"Because it sticks in your head."

Ruck said teachers are more focused on the subjects that get state tested, and handwriting - even printing - has taken a backseat to that curriculum.

Cursive writing is supposed to be automatic and faster, but the style isn't curly and pretty anymore.

"Vertical style cursive," Ruck said. "It's much easier to read and easier to learn because it's similar to print."

Although some students and educators say learning to type on a keyboard is good enough in this digital world, others say learning handwriting can't hurt, and might be helpful.

"I write in cursive and I've had people in college say they can't read my papers because they don't read cursive," said teacher Kim Volz. "It's kind of sad."

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