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And if so, how often?
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Yes, every time they sign their name. Otherwise, no.

 

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I wasn't aware of this, but I guess the SAT has a cursive writing section.  A friend's kid (very bright) failed this part of the test because he never learned to write in cursive ( he went to a chinese immersion private school).  

 

I don't know what your educational style is, or the trajectory you have set for your child, but if he/she is planning on taking the SAT then it might be worth having them write cursive... at least enough to gain competence.

 

Personally, I thought cursive was obsolete... I was really surprised to find out otherwise!

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The SAT has (or at least had) a declaration that students are required to copy and sign in cursive (the use of cursive supposedly makes it easier to identify the handwriting as theirs, not that with photo ID and a signature there should be much question??!). But the essay writing, though required to be handwritten, does not have to be in cursive. Some people believe that using cursive produces slightly more better grades in the essay, but most believe that it is simply the case that good essay writers are slightly more likely to choose cursive. The statistics I read say that only about 15% of students write their SAT essay in cursive. 

 

Oh, and I've heard that a lot of students who don't know cursive just print the declaration and then join the letters up a bit afterwards. :)

 

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Oh.. So it sounds like he might have misinterpreted the reason behind being asked to write cursive..?  He truly thinks he was being tested on his cursive writing... I will pass this along.  Thanks!

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To answer the OP, no. DD is not quite high school age, but I see no point in making her learn cursive. 

 

a) it's hardly necessary in today's digital age

b) most people's cursive writing is hard enough to read anyway, 

c) if she (or DS) ever decide they want or need to learn it, it can be picked up so easily by means of a basic workbook and a bit of practice.

 

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I didn't focus on cursive last year, as it was our first year to homeschool. Sometimes our computers go down at work, and then we have no choice but to hand write everything, which must be written in cursive I almost always write in cursive, so I want my kids to be able to read what I write. And I want them to master this skill, so this year, cursive will be required at least 1/2 the time in language arts assignments. They are 7th and 9th graders. We will work up to cursive becoming mandatory in 1/2 of all their assignments - maybe next year.
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I did make them learn cursive.  I don't make them continue to use it.  However, they often do (by choice).  My dysgraphic/dyslexic child finds cursive a bit easier to handle.  My oldest thinks it is fun to be "fancy" and wants to learn calligraphy.  My youngest hasn't learned it yet.  

 

I won't argue about should/shouldn't.  I wanted my kids to learn it regardless of the reasons for/against.  Fortunately, my kids have all found it to be fun.

 

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I don't 'make' my DS do anything.  I don't think you can 'make' a high school aged child do anything.  You are going to end up with rebellion and other issues.  We've had the debate on MDC about cursive before.   DS knows how to 'sign' his name.  that is all he needs to do.  IMO  WPM typing skills are much more marketable than penmanship.  jmho.


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