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Indiana is the latest US state which will not require its schoolchildren to learn joined-up, or cursive, writing.

But students will have to learn basic typing skills, which education officials say are more useful in the modern employment world.

The move is part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which aims to ensure consistency in US education and makes no mention of handwriting.

But critics say writing well is a vital skill for life and builds character.

US schoolchildren currently learn to write with joined-up writing from about the age of eight.

But under the core standards - which were released in June 2010 and have been adopted by nearly all US states - there is no requirement for them to do so.

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Children from grade six upwards - about 11 years old - will, however, be expected to "demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting".

Many schools have said there simply is not enough time in the term to teach children both.

Dr Scott Hamilton, an Indiana clinical psychologist, said the time children spend labouring over script could be better used.

"From an intuitive standpoint, this makes sense, based on the increasingly digital world into which this generation of children is growing up," he said.

Denna Renbarger, an education official in Lawrence Township, Indiana, said there were many more important things for students to be learning at school

"I think it's progressive of our state to be ahead on this," she told the Indianapolis Star.

Indiana officials have stressed that the standards are not exhaustive and that teachers could continue teaching handwriting if they chose.

But some parents, teachers and psychologists have reacted angrily to the move, saying there is more to handwriting than being able to write quickly.

"The fluidity of cursive allows for gains in spelling and a better tie to what they are reading and comprehending through stories and through literature," Paul Sullivan, head teacher of a school in California, told CNN.

"I think there's a firmer connection of wiring between the brain's processes of learning these skills and the actual practice of writing."

Parent Jerry Long told the Indianapolis Star he was worried about what the new system could mean for his sixth grade daughter in the future.

"I don't agree with it. How are they supposed to know how to sign their names?"

Source : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14121541

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Re: Indiana Latest US State to Drop Handwriting Requirement (12 July 2011)

i think this is fucking stupid. if someone said to me "i don't how to write" i'd think they were fucking retarded and stupid.

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i think this is fucking stupid. if someone said to me "i don't how to write" i'd think they were fucking retarded and stupid.
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Re: Indiana Latest US State to Drop Handwriting Requirement (12 July 2011)

Indiana? Just cut off their hands.

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Re: Indiana Latest US State to Drop Handwriting Requirement (12 July 2011)

they took out cursive from the curriculum. asides from signing your name, what do you use it for?

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Re: Indiana Latest US State to Drop Handwriting Requirement (12 July 2011)

I use cursive when I write...because I suck at it and I like to watch people squirm as they try to decipher.


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Re: Indiana Latest US State to Drop Handwriting Requirement (12 July 2011)

cursive is evil and is dr's main language i think cause its always just scribbles.

i wasnt much good at it but i can write cursive if i have to. but cutting out writing is just gonna dumb down more kids. the day we have no computers to type with is when they are screwed.

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Re: Indiana Latest US State to Drop Handwriting Requirement (12 July 2011)

Honesly in IMO, I came here to this country when I was 18 and my best friend (american) his cursive was so "perfect" as they say, I couldnt read shit of it. I think this cursive writing is another one of those stupid "classy" requirement, they have this in my country to at some point, is like making your children learn the piano or eat with three spoon and three forke! nothing appearance wise can prove classiness, class is in your attitude to other beings :)

in other hand, however, is necessiry to learn how to write essay and express yourself, because that is priceless. now that I see so many people are horrible at :-/ they could spend money on that instead

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Re: Indiana Latest US State to Drop Handwriting Requirement (12 July 2011)

I honestly recall sitting in 1st grade them teaching it and telling us middle school and high school was gonna be nothing but cursive as its all they would except.

but i agree@nihilissimo its a silly requirement, and really the only use i see it for is signing your name other than that i rather be able to read whats being written down.

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Re: Indiana Latest US State to Drop Handwriting Requirement (12 July 2011)

I can't write in cursive at all, and have the signature of a lawyer as some say...

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