Thursday, September 03, 2009

Readin', Keyboardin' & 'Rithmatic

Should Schools Continue Teaching Cursive Writing?

Or Should They Teach Keyboarding Skills Instead?

SCATS ~~ I can't think of a good reason why they shouldn't teach both ... just in case the power goes out and they need to make note of something!


Anonymous said...

I thought writting was partly to help with spelling and the thought (thinking) process.
Keyboarding use can come and go but writting and spelling is with you constantly.

Anonymous said...

SCATS is right - do both as they both come into play in life. At some point Murphy's Law kicks in and the computer crashes, the printer jams, the copier cr@ps the bed and the fax is on the fritz.

Technology is important but the basics will never go out of style and are alwayus necessary.

My 2 cents.

Anonymous said...

There's no question that kids excel in their texting skills even...and to have them write long, drawn out sentences using proper English is probably a throw-back to the Dark Ages for them...but reading, writing and composition skills are important for their development.

I might be lost on a keyboard myself if it hadn't been for the fact I had 2 yrs of typing in high school. Some things you never forget..."The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog"..;).

SCATS said...

To 11:01AM ~~ How does one translate texting skills into learning to write composition without paper and pencil at some point in the process??

SCATS said...

Oh I get it!

"2B or not 2B. That is the ?"


Anonymous said...

They should both be taught. I am amazed at the number of young professionals who write emails out in "texting" form using no capital letters and abbreviating words.

Please teach my child to be a professional for crying out loud!

Anonymous said...

"To be or not to be"... that's NOT a question! (grin)

Anonymous said...

There is a connection between keyboarding and thinking- learning to spell and write. Lots of research in this area for those who are interested.

SCATS said...

To 11:01AM ~~ Really? I know there are connections between learning music (in general) and math, things like learning fractions. Please tell us what is learned about reading & writing. I'd like to know more.