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Not in this house!

I'm reading more and more about schools dropping cursive writing instruction.  I understand where they're coming from, but I think it's shortsighted in some ways.  I remember reading a story about it where a high school teacher showed her class one of the classic Hitchcock films (North by Northwest perhaps?)  In this film, a pivotal plot device was the protagonist finding a handwritten note that conveys critical information.  She had to stop the film and read it to her class because *none of them could read it.*

I'm a calligrapher.  No child of mine will be signing her document with an "x" for "here she made her mark."  Okay, I'm exaggerating, but you see my point.

So - anyone out there know how/where to get the instructional manuals?  *I'll* teach her if the school won't.



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Jul. 21st, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
I'm not a calligrapher but I find this to be horrifying. Good God what are they spending their time teaching them these days because it seems that spelling has also gone by the boards.
Jul. 21st, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
I think they're teaching them how to take multiple choice tests.

Years from now, when I'm likely going to want to take Charlotte down to DC to the Smithsonian and such, I want her to be able to READ the governing documents that formed this nation.

No matter what's going on in the schools when she gets there, the one thing I'm NOT worried about is her learning to think. The company we keep will pretty much take care of that. :-)
Jul. 21st, 2011 01:41 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. There are so many things that seem to no longer be included in the curriculum in so many schools these days. It makes me nervous. But we can always supplement her education at home - I know I knew cursive well before it was taught in school. And cursing too.
Jul. 21st, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
I walked into my first school reading. Because that's what we did at home. There is no reason that Charlotte should be any different. There is no reason we can give her the basic things she needs, and enable her to find the information we don't have.

I figure if I have to teach her script writing, I may as well teach her calligraphy at the same time, right?
Jul. 21st, 2011 07:21 pm (UTC)
I figure if I have to teach her script writing, I may as well teach her calligraphy at the same time, right?

You betcha! A good secretary and italic hand will mark as a well educated lady. Now you'll just have to get her fluent in Latin, Greek and Hebrew and she'll be on a par with the finest ladies in the land!
Jul. 21st, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
And we can do a mini "Grand Tour" at Pennsic! There's the Casa for Italy, who can stand in for Paris?...
Jul. 22nd, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
There's no reason why a child couldn't start calligraphy at an early age... I taught myself when I was in 6th grade, and went on from there. (The original document the icon is based upon, by the way, was done by a 15 year old boy in Germany in the mid 1500's as part of his writing primer).

The thought of schools doing away with teaching cursive script is abominable. I still remember stick-and-ball lessons, and how I learned the phrase "chicken scratch", but was always encouraged to keep going....
Jul. 24th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
It's also counter to current cosgnitive research studies that coffeementat & I have spotted -- but of course which I don't remember where to find off-hand. I'll look.

From what they've been findingkids have NO trouble at all learning to read one script and write a different one. No need for them to learn to print capital letters in imitation of book printing.
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