Editorial feedback: Penmanship Peril - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Editorial feedback: Penmanship Peril

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The following comments were generated from an editorial by WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Our editorial last week commenting on a law passed last year requiring cursive handwriting be taught by the end of third grade in Alabama public schools resulted in a ton of viewer response. The feedback received via email and on our WBRC FOX6 News station Facebook page skewed heavily on the side to keep cursive in schools which was contrary to my position and exactly the reason I stated I would likely get in trouble for delivering. And boy did I ever! Here is just a sampling:

Melissa responded, “While I agree we don't typically use cursive writing in our daily lives, as long as we have documents in place (originally written in cursive) that serve as the foundation of our country and provide guidance for our government's activities (the Constitution and other historically critical documents produced by Congress and the Supreme Court, etc.) and/or that govern our interactions with other countries (various treaties pre-dating computers), then our children, and their children, need the skill to at least read cursive.”

Here’s what Sheila had to say, “Don’t you ever write notes without technology? Do you ever pen a love note to your partner? You said you sign your name. Without knowing cursive, you could not do that. And children who don’t learn to write cursive can’t read it.   You admitted that you know that handwriting is good for kids’ brains, but there are lots of other reasons they should learn it. Please visit www.cursiveiscool.com for a list.”

Lastly, Polly offered this, “I guess Mr. Gaston never sends cards of any kind to friends or family since he says he only uses cursive handwriting to sign his name. I became aware of not learning cursive writing when I sent a birthday card to my grandson a few years ago and wrote a personal note to him on the inside. I later found out from my daughter that she had to read it to him because he was not taught cursive writing in school.”

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