This blog is sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF).
Our Main Objective is to raise awareness among educators and legislators of the importance of mastering cursive handwriting for the physical and emotional benefits in the development of the child.
Our End Goal: Develop outreach programs to educators and legislators and lobby for retention/reestablishment of teaching cursive in the classrooms.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Response to a Campaign for Cursive letter
you for contacting the California Department of Education (CDE) regarding
penmanship. I appreciate that you have taken the time to share your perspective
on this issue.
standards were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student
by defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at
each grade level. The English-Language Arts Content Standards for California
Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve were adopted by the
California State Board of Education on November 14, 1997. You will find the
standards on the CDE Content Standards Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/.
every grade level, the English-Language Arts standards cover reading, writing,
written and oral English language conventions, and listening and speaking.
Grade by grade, the standards create a vision of a balanced and comprehensive
language arts program, and penmanship is no exception. In particular, the
content standards include penmanship as part of Writing Strategies. Emphasizing
legible print and cursive writing, penmanship begins in kindergarten and
extends through high school. In this way, penmanship is a well-defined thread
that is woven throughout the document.
following are just a few examples of English-Language Arts content standards
that focus on penmanship skills throughout a California student's school
Kindergarten Writing Strategies, Penmanship, 1.4: [Students] write uppercase
and lowercase letters of the alphabet independently, attending to the form and
proper spacing of the letters.
Grade 4 Writing Strategies, Penmanship, 1.4: [Students] write fluidly and
legibly in cursive or joined italic.
Grades 9 and 10 Written and Oral English Language Conventions, Manuscript Form,
1.4: [Students] produce legible work that shows accurate spelling and correct
use of the conventions of punctuation and capitalization.
you have any additional questions, please contact the Literacy, History, and
Arts Leadership Office by phone at 916-323-6269.
Again, thank you for contacting the CDE.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction