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NJ’s Cursive Controversy

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New Jersey public schools follow the “Common Core Curriculum” which no longer requires teaching cursive writing or penmanship. Instead, schools are required to teach typing, and this change in course has stirred up some controversy in the Garden State.

State leaders who developed the Common Core — a set of preferred K-12 course offerings for public schools — omitted cursive for a host of reasons, including an increasing need for children in a digital-heavy age to master computer keyboarding and evidence that even most adults use some hybrid of classic cursive and print in everyday life.

There are many advocates of learning cursive and people feel like this is something that the younger generation of students should still become familiar with.

Miss Hofmann, a 4th grade teacher at the Hawthorne Christian Academy has a class of students who she says love learning to write in cursive.

Hofmann argues that learning cursive is important for cognitive development and is essentially a language that students will no longer know how to read it if it isn’t taught in schools.

“I think handwriting is a very very important skill. It helps so much with the brain and because of that it’s something that our students work on all the time,” Hofmann said.

Currently, 45 states follow the “common core curriculum”. But at least seven are fighting to restore the cursive instruction.

California, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah — have moved to keep the cursive requirement. Legislation passed in North Carolina and elsewhere couples cursive with memorization of multiplication tables as twin "back to basics" mandates.

The Associated Press contributed to this reportWatch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

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