In a recent interview, one of the lead writers of the reading standards explained that the decision was about priorities—and that learning to use technology took precedence. But what does the research say?
Reading this article I learned that California included cursive in our adoption of English Language Arts standards—or, more accurately, “Write legibly in cursive or joined italic.”
Joined italic? I taught third grade for a few years in California and this term was new to me. A bit of googling found this interesting piece, “Handwriting: Methods and Resources.” Its provenance is vague (someone named Brian Hagerty?) but it passes the prima facie test: it’s interesting and offers lots of resources to pursue.
If I were teaching third grade today, would I have the right as a teacher to choose the method of instruction for my students? Would it be a school-wide decision all we third grade teachers would need to reach? Would the district dictate? Regardless, in this instance, the common standards are not so common after all.