When primary school teachers generally scold their students, it’s for something that distracts and detracts from their personal learning or the learning of others.
Maybe a student became violent and deserved a stern talking to by their teachers or attempted to answer a question out of turn. For one seven-year-old, her reprimand came for writing in cursive.
Alyssa is a seven-year-old from Kansas. When she received her homework assignment back from her teacher, she never expected that she would be scolded on her style of writing. The top of her homework read, “Stop writing your name in cursive. You have had several warnings.”
While schools do teach cursive, apparently they do not teach it in her school until children reach elementary school. Alyssa’s mom taught her how to do it at home.
A friend of Alyssa’s mom posted a photo of the assignment on Facebook and commenters responded with outrage. One person wrote, “Best of luck to any teacher who writes this on my children’s papers!”
It is interesting that the teacher attempted to quash her writing preference. Cursive penmanship has been linked to many positive things. Some studies have shown that the brain processes cursive and printed letters differently.
Each writing style comes from different parts of the brain. Cursive letters have shown to help children develop fine motor skills.
In addition, one study showed that people who write in cursive show more brain activity than those who print or type letters.
One study even showed that kids with a knowledge of cursive had scored higher on reading and spelling tests. Cursive has also been linked to a better ability to retain information.
Beyond cognitive advantages, a working knowledge of cursive is important when reading historical documents. Children reading these documents without knowing cursive will struggle to understand the information.
For them, the Declaration of Independence would seem as foreign as reading Russian. Perhaps the teacher should just let her write in cursive.