October 23, 2013 |
Not in the mood to type out an email? Write it out. Google this week announced a new feature for Gmail and Google Docs that allows users to hand write their emails and documents using their computer mouse or trackpad. "Whether you're a student trying to include a foreign phrase in your paper or an international consultant hoping to begin your message with a friendly local greeting, now you'll be able to use your own handwriting to input words directly into Gmail and Google Docs with your mouse or trackpad," Google said in a blog post.
September 4, 2013 |
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.
September 3, 2013 |
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.
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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April 3, 2013 |
Defense attorneys for a man charged with the cold-case murder of his San Marino landlady's adult son wrapped up their case Wednesday by focusing on an enduring mystery in the nearly 30-year-old whodunit: What happened to the victim's wife? Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter's lawyers called only two witnesses in his defense: a pair of handwriting experts who testified that they were all but sure Linda Sohus was the person who wrote several postcards mailed to her friends and family weeks after she and her husband went missing in early 1985.
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March 31, 2013 |
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.