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Yvonne Williams December 9, 2013 at 12:09 am
I know exactly what I would do if my children were in a common core school! I would remove them andRead More place in a private Christian school or home school! Common core is WRONG for our children! I thank GOD my grandchildren are in a state where common core was rejected! It should be rejected here in SC!
Steve Haynie December 12, 2013 at 08:35 am
Everyone should look at scpie.org for some balance to this article.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Zoe Brown November 15, 2013 at 06:58 am
Even before common core cursive was dead. The argument bring: typing and texting matter more thanRead More writing in paper.
Steve Haynie November 15, 2013 at 09:29 am
A trip to the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia will expose visitors to historic documentsRead More written in cursive. Family histories written in letters and family bibles will be in cursive. Learning to write in cursive in 2nd grade was never a lesson at the expense of another topic. At that age everything is a learning experience that lasts a lifetime.
Zoe Brown November 15, 2013 at 09:48 am
Dear Nostalgic, The State Museum also has flint-lock rifles, cannons and a submarine that sank twiceRead More killing everybody on-board. Should we train all soldiers to use those too? When I found out my kids were not learning cursive I thought it might be an issue until I gave it real thought. Then I realized that times change. We don't teach kids to use card catalogues, micro-fiche, or the abacus any more. In the short time available in school, maybe students need to learn skills applicable for now and forward, not so much material we feel an emotional connection to despite its declining utility. I can teach cursive to my kid if I want to, and so could you.
JJR October 8, 2013 at 11:25 am
You are correct Zoe...that is the goal. Common Core Standards will not get us to that goal in myRead More opinion.
Zoe Brown October 9, 2013 at 08:28 am
JJR, Your letter seems to demonstrate that you don't recognize education is for skills developmentRead More to improve employability or to increase qualifications for further education. My question to you is, why shouldn't people learn how to read manuals? Why is that knowledge/skill so bad? Writing and reading for a reason is important. How would the world work without reports, resumes, and yes, manuals? In this high tech world everyone owns something that comes with a user or maintenance manual. Nearly every job requires some level of effective "non-fiction" writing and reading interpretation ability, all learned skills. That sort of obvious value seems to be the concept behind the non- fiction learning you are so adamantly against. Given our economy, it is very difficult to understand your attempt to demonize learning that can be used.
JJR October 9, 2013 at 08:37 am
My question to you is why do high school seniors need to spend 75% of their time reading manuals? IRead More never said reading cold texts is bad...just that spending that much time on it is not beneficial. If a student can read and comprehend great literature why would they have trouble reading manuals? I certainly don't have any trouble reading manuals...and I didn't have Common Core Standards which stated I had to spend 75% of my instructional time reading boring stuff.
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