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In Finland, Computers Make Cursive Writing Obsolete

4 FEB 2015
Career Path : Education News


Starting in 2016, Finland’s National Board of Education will officially scrap cursive writing from the school curriculum. Surprisingly, this common component of curriculums worldwide has already been scrapped in 43 states in the US. It is said that cursive is derived from the time when students and scholars used fountain pens, which would leave ink trails across the page – requiring a method for letters to conjoin aesthetically.

While Finland does not disagree that writing skills are very important, it was decided that the hours spent teaching cursive writing would be better spent teaching children keyboards skills. In today’s career-oriented world, keyboard skills are a necessity for nearly any workplace – whereas cursive is now obsolete.

Source: The Independent