Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cursive writing a dying art

SACRAMENTO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Many students increasingly are illiterate when it comes to cursive writing and choose instead to print their words, say U.S. teachers.

"It's a bit like going for a root canal for them," said Mark Bradley, an English and history teacher at Rio Tierra Junior High in Sacramento, Calif.

Bradley and other teachers says the digital age threatens to make penmanship skills like cursive writing extinct, The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reported Tuesday.

When the SAT added a handwritten essay to its 2006 exam, only 15 percent of the nearly 1.5 million students wrote their answers in cursive, said the College Board.

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