One of the more rewarding things I’ve done in my life is serve on the school board here in Rhinelander. A lot of good is done for kids that many never realize. But sometimes, something slips through that just boggles the mind.
I don’t know where or when it happened but cursive writing just disappeared from classroom instruction. Whose brainchild was that? I wouldn’t have been in favor of it, had it come before us.
Why do I bring this up? As school districts across the state are scrimping, cutting, adjusting and in some cases literally begging for money, there’s a move to bring cursing writing back to the curriculum. BUT, wait until you see the cost!!
Lawmakers in Madison are now considering a bill requiring schools to teach cursing writing. Assemblyman Jeremy Theisfeldt, a Fond du Lac Republican, is the sponsor and said writing in cursive can help children read and create neurological connections. Okay. I haven’t seen anything on that but it sounds good. THIS is the part that really steams me. Education officials estimate public and charter schools would have to spend between $1.7-million to $5.95 million on student materials ANNUALLY and between $250,000 and $1.6-million on teacher training in at least the first year of the requirement!!! HOW STUPID IS THAT???
Voucher schools would shell out over half a mil for materials and up to $160,000 for teacher training the first year as well.
It’s time we put down the tablets for a while and pick up a book. Remember those?
I’ve seen some of reasons critics of cursive have come up with and they’re ridiculous. Here’s my favorite: because it’s slower. One mastermind was told children wouldn’t be able to read the Declaration of Independence or many other historical documents. The response? Who’s going to read them anyway? Well, guess what brainiac…maybe someone should start! He said just because you can’t write it doesn’t mean you can’t read it. HUH?
Legal documents require signatures and I suppose printing would suffice. Or better yet, why don’t we just but a big, Neanderthal “X” on it? That would be faster! Critics maintain this shouldn’t be “forced” on students. Sorry, but it’s something they’ll use the rest of their lives. Now, let’s talk about forcing advanced algebra…