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April 3, 2013
Re "A different slant on cursive," April 1 The article notes that a study on cursive found that essays written in this form of handwriting received slightly higher scores. Suzanne Asherson of the group Handwriting Without Tears attributes this difference partly to cursive being easier to read and thus easier to score. USC education professor Morgan Polikoff says the kind of students who write in cursive on the SATs may just be smarter. It would seem that there is a third possibility.
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NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
Cursive handwriting - when is the last time you used it to write something other than your signature? With so much of our lives online now, the occasions to get out the pen and paper are getting fewer and fewer. And even when we do, do we need to write in connected letters? That's under debate right now as some states work to ensure cursive is still taught in the classroom. Some of the 45 states that have adopted the Common Core - a set of K-12 public school course offerings that don't include penmanship classes - want to make sure cursive is still a required course.
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OPINION
September 7, 2013
Editing a letters page provides some insight into the random topics that push hot buttons you didn't know existed. While most of the commentary sent to letters@latimes.com focuses on the big-item issues of the day (a possible military strike on Syria drew the most letters for the second week in a row), occasionally a less weighty subject will prompt impassioned responses. For example, cursive. Reacting to The Times' editorial Wednesday warning that the "handwriting may be on the wall" for cursive instruction in schools, nearly a dozen readers rose to script's defense.
OPINION
September 7, 2013
Editing a letters page provides some insight into the random topics that push hot buttons you didn't know existed. While most of the commentary sent to letters@latimes.com focuses on the big-item issues of the day (a possible military strike on Syria drew the most letters for the second week in a row), occasionally a less weighty subject will prompt impassioned responses. For example, cursive. Reacting to The Times' editorial Wednesday warning that the "handwriting may be on the wall" for cursive instruction in schools, nearly a dozen readers rose to script's defense.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
Cursive handwriting - when is the last time you used it to write something other than your signature? With so much of our lives online now, the occasions to get out the pen and paper are getting fewer and fewer. And even when we do, do we need to write in connected letters? That's under debate right now as some states work to ensure cursive is still taught in the classroom. Some of the 45 states that have adopted the Common Core - a set of K-12 public school course offerings that don't include penmanship classes - want to make sure cursive is still a required course.
HOME & GARDEN
September 3, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The summer of a thousand Band-Aids is just about over, and the little guy is off to the third grade, finally. The first day of school comes just as his mother is contemplating hurling herself from the roof. Coincidence? Probably not. Our little Huck. Spent the summer working on his impressions and burping the alphabet. One week, he took up tap-dancing. So now he's off to the third grade — elbows like broom handles, scrubbed as if being sold. I think his mother might've taken him to one of those car detailers to have him steam cleaned.
NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Karin Klein, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
So many people have unhappy stories about learning cursive writing that a popular new instructional method is called “Handwriting Without Tears.” I have my own awful memories of dozens of hours spent laboriously tracing out the elaborate upper-case H that was in educational vogue at the time. And that was just one letter. My grade in penmanship - a generous C - made me feel so stupid that I spent yet dozens more hours trying to relearn it all in sixth grade, this time holding my pencil the “right” way. My mother, who possessed beautiful penmanship as well as a bigger view of the world, encouraged me not to worry about it. Once I reached junior high school, she said, no one would care about my handwriting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Before students hunker down to take their SATs this spring, many will have an array of tools to help them with the exam. Flash cards, study guides and - cursive handwriting? For many, cursive handwriting is a thing of the past, an archaic method taught in the days before keyboards and touch screens. But some argue that writing longhand could help in placement exams. National core standards don't require cursive to be taught to students, but some states, including California, Alabama and Georgia, have included cursive handwriting in their state requirements in early elementary grades, something supporters say should be more widespread.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2003 | Dean Kuipers, Special to The Times
Cursive's charismatic and confessional vocalist Tim Kasher proved that they don't call it "emo-core" for nothing, as he slashed and howled his way through a dozen giant, gut-wrenching, guitar-throttling tunes, each more emotionally caustic than the next. His strong voice and flat, high-toned anti-melodies make most every song sound like the Cure's Robert Smith singing "Let's Go to Bed" with a hard-core punk band.
NEWS
February 16, 1997
Please note an inaccuracy in the otherwise excellent Jan. 26 story on handwriting, "Write of Passage." You state incorrectly that the Zaner-Bloser Co., which publishes handwriting materials, has this year dropped loops from its cursive handwriting texts. Although Zaner-Bloser did indeed drop certain ornamental loops from some cursive capitals, there are still a multitude of loops (and other complications) remaining in both the lower and uppercase of Zaner-Bloser cursive (as well as Scott-Foresman D'Nealian and similar models)
OPINION
September 4, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
For all the new things that schools will be called on to teach under the soon-to-be-implemented Common Core curriculum standards, it's a skill that has been omitted that is causing controversy: cursive writing. Good old script penmanship isn't part of the standards, which have been adopted by 45 states, including California. It's not forbidden or discouraged, but Common Core focuses on analytical and computer-based skills rather than the long hours of practice required to link letters in a flowing style.
NEWS
September 3, 2013 | By Karin Klein, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
So many people have unhappy stories about learning cursive writing that a popular new instructional method is called “Handwriting Without Tears.” I have my own awful memories of dozens of hours spent laboriously tracing out the elaborate upper-case H that was in educational vogue at the time. And that was just one letter. My grade in penmanship - a generous C - made me feel so stupid that I spent yet dozens more hours trying to relearn it all in sixth grade, this time holding my pencil the “right” way. My mother, who possessed beautiful penmanship as well as a bigger view of the world, encouraged me not to worry about it. Once I reached junior high school, she said, no one would care about my handwriting.
OPINION
April 3, 2013
Re "A different slant on cursive," April 1 The article notes that a study on cursive found that essays written in this form of handwriting received slightly higher scores. Suzanne Asherson of the group Handwriting Without Tears attributes this difference partly to cursive being easier to read and thus easier to score. USC education professor Morgan Polikoff says the kind of students who write in cursive on the SATs may just be smarter. It would seem that there is a third possibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Before students hunker down to take their SATs this spring, many will have an array of tools to help them with the exam. Flash cards, study guides and - cursive handwriting? For many, cursive handwriting is a thing of the past, an archaic method taught in the days before keyboards and touch screens. But some argue that writing longhand could help in placement exams. National core standards don't require cursive to be taught to students, but some states, including California, Alabama and Georgia, have included cursive handwriting in their state requirements in early elementary grades, something supporters say should be more widespread.
HOME & GARDEN
September 3, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The summer of a thousand Band-Aids is just about over, and the little guy is off to the third grade, finally. The first day of school comes just as his mother is contemplating hurling herself from the roof. Coincidence? Probably not. Our little Huck. Spent the summer working on his impressions and burping the alphabet. One week, he took up tap-dancing. So now he's off to the third grade — elbows like broom handles, scrubbed as if being sold. I think his mother might've taken him to one of those car detailers to have him steam cleaned.
OPINION
February 7, 2010 | By Tracy Wood
A10-inch screen, more books than you can possibly read and a gazillion potential apps: The iPad has its enticements, but for decades I've wished for something more. In the early 1980s, I worked with another reporter, George Frank, on what turned out to be the Los Angeles Times' first computer-assisted investigative project. The issue was laundered campaign contributions -- hundreds of them. And to track and cross-file the illicit donations, we lugged boxes of 3-by-5 index cards from Southern California to Sacramento and back, as we researched documents and interviewed politicians and bogus contributors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2009 | Carla Rivera
For the past two weeks, Grace and Tess Heagy have bounded out of bed each morning anxious for camp, where they sing, paint, dance and practice their penmanship. Penmanship? At Handwriting Heroes Summer Camp, Captain Pencil is the resident superhero and mastery of r's, m's, n's, p's, and other letters earns high praise. At a time when summer enrichment camps trend toward the high tech -- there are camps for budding astronomers, those for enhancing computer skills and filmmaking -- handwriting camp may seem old school.
OPINION
February 7, 2010 | By Tracy Wood
A10-inch screen, more books than you can possibly read and a gazillion potential apps: The iPad has its enticements, but for decades I've wished for something more. In the early 1980s, I worked with another reporter, George Frank, on what turned out to be the Los Angeles Times' first computer-assisted investigative project. The issue was laundered campaign contributions -- hundreds of them. And to track and cross-file the illicit donations, we lugged boxes of 3-by-5 index cards from Southern California to Sacramento and back, as we researched documents and interviewed politicians and bogus contributors.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2009
"Muggie Maggie" Beverly Cleary Maggie does not want to learn cursive writing. But then she starts to change her mind when she becomes the help monitor. And then there is a letter written about her -- in cursive writing! Read the story to find out more. Reviewed by Elen, 10 Horace Mann Elementary Glendale "The Call of the Wild" Jack London Stolen from his home and family, a dog named Buck must learn to be a courageous leader and strong sled dog. He must learn to fight back and be brave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2009 | Carla Rivera
For the past two weeks, Grace and Tess Heagy have bounded out of bed each morning anxious for camp, where they sing, paint, dance and practice their penmanship. Penmanship? At Handwriting Heroes Summer Camp, Captain Pencil is the resident superhero and mastery of r's, m's, n's, p's, and other letters earns high praise. At a time when summer enrichment camps trend toward the high tech -- there are camps for budding astronomers, those for enhancing computer skills and filmmaking -- handwriting camp may seem old school.
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