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How Important Is Cursive?

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This weekend a group of Cincinnati teachers will learn new ways to teach cursive writing in elementary school, at a time when support for it is waning. Many districts, including Cincinnati Public Schools, don't teach cursive because there is no handwriting component in Common Core.   

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For the next two days educators with Handwriting Without Tears show teachers how to "mimic a puppet to magically learn letters and become tow trucks to crank-up letters for connecting." A Cincinnati conference will be February 5th and 6th at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza downtown.

Ohio Representatives Cheryl Grossman R-Grove City and Andy Brenner R-Powell are sponsoring legislation to make it mandatory for teachers to teach cursive writing in all elementary schools. Indiana and a hand full of other states are also introducing or have passed the plan.

"What we're finding is that when children write in a connective way like they do with cursive writing, it really helps kind of spark creativity," said workshop presenter Paula Heinricher.

Reacting to people who say kids don't need to learn cursive in the digital age, she says, "Before they are proficient typers they need to be proficient writers."

With more than 30 years of journalism experience in the Greater Cincinnati market, Ann Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her reporting. She has reported for WKRC, WCKY, WHIO-TV, Metro Networks and CBS/ABC Radio. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2019 and 2011 A-P named her “Best Reporter” for large market radio in Ohio. She has won awards from the Association of Women in Communications and the Alliance for Women in Media. Ann reports regularly on science and technology in Focus on Technology.