Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

April 5, 2013

Is Ky. signing away cursive writing?

By SHELLEY SMITH
Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW —

Newly implemented Common Core Standards in Kentucky means that cursive writing is no longer an education mandate.

There’s a heated debate going on in public education over the relevance of teaching cursive writing in today’s digital world, and Kentucky, the first state to fully implement Common Core Standards, is caught in the middle.

So far, the standards have been adopted in 45 out of the 50 states. Kentucky adopted the Common Core Standards in Feb. 10, 2010, and the standards were fully implemented during the 2011-12 school year.

The Common Core Standards are tougher standards aimed at increasing college and career readiness. One of the focuses of the Common Core Standards is gaining students’ familiarity with technology. This involves an emphasis in the fourth-grade writing principles on keyboarding skills over cursive writing instruction.

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