Handwriting in the Digital Age

Handwriting in the Digital Age

In the age of texting and emails, many schools are dropping the requirement to teach cursive. Guest host, Susan Page, and her guests discuss whether writing by hand is necessary in the twenty-first century.

A child starting kindergarten this fall might only study cursive writing in history class. A growing number of schools no longer require teachers to provide instruction in cursive. Those in favor of dropping “joined up writing” say teaching it is time consuming and can be easily replaced in a world of texting and word processing. Proponents say handwriting helps foster fine motor skills and other cognitive development -- and that taking pen to paper is not only a beautiful art form but can be a means of individual expression. Guest host, Susan Page, and her guests discuss the fate of handwriting and penmanship in the digital age.

Guests

Anne Trubek

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Oberlin College

Kitty Burns Florey

author of "Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting"

Tracey Bailey

Director of Education Policy for the Association of American Educators and 1993 National Teacher of the Year

Karen Epstein

fourth grade teacher at Rockwell Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland

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