Cursive Writing vs. Typing

I’ve been thinking about this topic for some time. As an educator, I come across many students who cannot sign their names in cursive. I also come across those who cannot read cursive writing. Although it is frustrating, as time trudges on, I am of the belief that while cursive writing is important, I do not agree that it is as important as many state.

Gajowski (Dec. 2016) argues that “our brains get activated in ways that aren’t activated when we type something. And this brain activation helps with recall when we are learning.” My argument against this is if children are trained to type at an early age, it improves their spelling. When one can touch-type instead of hunting-and-pecking, the brain is activated. I did not conduct any research regarding this last statement; however, when my children were younger, I ensured that each of them learned to touch-type.

It was a program back in the 1990s called “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing”. This program taught children how to type through games and assessments. I bring this up because many people who may not embrace typing over cursive writing may not be as proficient in typing so they relive their experiences with typing and cursive writing.

As for me, I retain much more information through typing than writing. When writing, especially if it is an abundance of material, my hands cramp up. I also tend to make mistakes and I focus more on the mistake and miss out on what was stated. View the two videos below. One illustrates writing in cursive and the other illustrates writing the same information through typing.

If you compare the time frame to write this sentence to the time it took to type the same sentence, you will notice that it took twice as long to write the sentence than it did to type the same sentence.

Don’t get me wrong, I do agree that dexterity and being able to use fine motor skills are important, I just do not believe that cursive writing, or the lack thereof is as big a problem as it is portrayed. There are two arguments I hear consistently for cursive writing. The first argument is that people need to know how to sign their names. The second argument is that if students do not know how to read cursive, they will not be able to read primary sources, specifically, many of the important documents used throughout history.

My counterclaim for these arguments are as follows. First of all, from third grade on, teach students how to sign their names. Teachers should not accept any written work from students if their names are not written in cursive. This will improve over the years if all teachers required only the signature in cursive. Secondly, many of the primary sources have been typed and are in secure locations. What may manifest itself is that if students are signing their names in cursive in every course, the cursive might just rub off. Let’s discuss.

 

Bibliography

Gajowski, MA, Carrie (Dec. 13, 2016). Cursive Becoming Obsolete? in Fast Forward by         Scientific Learning. Retrieved from https://www.scilearn.com/blog/is-cursive-handwriting-still-important 12/12/2018

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Author Karimah G’s Endorsements for the Florida 2018 Midterm Elections

Hello,

Below are my endorsements for the Florida 2018 Midterm Elections. In addition to my endorsements will be links where you can be informed on all of the candidates and make the decision that is best for you. As a reminder, we are in a Representative Democracy and when we vote for someone, it is important that the person you vote for fit your values.

Therefore, these endorsements are of people, referendums, laws, and charters that represent my values. If you are in Florida and received your sample ballot, fill the form out prior to voting so that it is easier for you to remember who you decided to vote for.

In Broward County, early voting begins on October 22, 2018 and ends November 4, 2018. All Early Voting Sites are open from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Daily. For a listing of the Early voting sites, please visit Early Voting Schedule General Election.

Prior to reviewing the list below, either retrieve your sample ballot sent to your house; or download a sample ballot by clicking here.

  • US Senator – Bill Nelson
  • Representative in Congress – District 20 – Alcee L. Hastings
  • Representative in Congress – District 22 – Ted Deutch
  • Representative in Congress – District 23 – Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Governor and Lieutenant Governor – Andrew Gillum/Chris King
  • Attorney General – Sean Shaw
  • Chief Financial Officer – Jeremy Ring
  • Commissioner of Agriculture – Nicole “Nikki” Fried
  • State Senator – District 34 – Gary M. Farmer, Jr.
  • State Representative – District 93 – Emma Collum
  • State Representative – District 98 – Michael Gottlieb
  • State Representative – District 103 – Cindy Polo
  • State Representative – District 105 – Javier Estevez
  • County Commissioner – District 2 – Mark D. Bogen
  • County Commissioner – District 4 – Lamar Fisher
  • Shall Justice Alan Lawson of the Supreme Court be retained in office? Yes
  • Shall Judge Burton C. Conner of the Fourth District Court of Appeal be retained in office? Yes
  • Shall Judge Jeffery T. Kuntz of the Fourth District Court of Appeals be retained in office? No
  • Shall Judge Carole Y. Taylor of the Fourth District Court of Appeals be retained in office? No
  • Circuit Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, Group 38 – Stefanie Camille Moon
  • Circuit Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, Group 46 – H. James Curry
  • County Court Judge, Group 9 – Tanner Channing Demmery
  • County Court Judge,, Group 19 – Jackie Powell
  • School Board Member – District 1 – Jim Silvernale
  • Broward Soil and Water Conservation – District Seat 2 – Richard Leys
  • No. 1 Constitutional Amendment – Yes
  • No. 2 Constitutional Amendment – No
  • No. 3 Constitutional Amendment – Yes
  • No. 4 Constitutional Amendment – Yes
  • No. 5 Constitutional Amendment – Yes
  • No. 6 Constitutional Revision – No
  • No. 7 Constitutional Revision – Yes
  • No. 9 Constitutional Revision – Yes
  • No. 10 Constitutional Revision – No
  • No. 11 Constitutional Revision – Yes
  • No. 12 Constitutional Revision – Yes
  • Funding For Countywide Transportation – Yes
  • Standards for Establishing County Commission Districts – Yes
  • Redistricting Procedures for County Commission Districts – Yes
  • Broward County Affordable Housing Trust Fund – Yes
  • Broward County Office of Inspector General’s Discretion – No
  • Broward County Planning Council Revisions to Zoning Glossary – Yes
  • Central Examining Boards Appointment of Alternate Members – Yes
  • Board of Rules and Appeals Quorum – No
  • Posting of Notices, Agenda, and Backup Materials No Later than 48 hours – Yes
  • Composition of Independent Board that Nominates the County Auditor – Yes
  • Composition of the Broward County Inspector General Selection – No
  • Housekeeping Amendment to Delete Ineffective or Unnecessary Language – Yes

United States Senator – Bill Nelson (DEM)

You can learn more about Bill Nelson by visiting his website at https://www.billnelson.senate.gov/

Representative in Congress – District 20 – Alcee L. Hastings (DEM)

You can learn more about Alcee L. Hastings by visiting his website at https://alceehastings.house.gov/.

Representative in Congress – District 22 – Ted Deutch (DEM)

You can learn more about Ted Deutch by visiting his website at https://teddeutch.house.gov/.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor – Andrew Gillum and Chris King

You can learn more about Andrew Gillum and Chris King by visiting their website at Andrew Gillum and Chris King.

Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Not only nonviolence, Dr. King also wanted improvement of education. Sun Ed High of North Broward has the pieces of the puzzle that will make the dream come true. We are providing students who thought they could not graduate the ability to not just graduate but to become whatever they want to be.

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Everyday Black History – Billie Holiday

I remember watching movies; going to plays; and learning about Billie Holiday growing up. Such an interesting and beauti ful woman with a great voice. She also had a lot of sadness.

She received four posthumous Grammy awards, for Best Historical Album. She, herself, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame 1973.

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Everyday Black History – Audre Lorde

Don’t get it twisted and think that phenomenal Black people in general, or phenomenal Black women in particular, only helped in the US or Africa.

Today you will meet Audre Lorde. She empowered African women living in Europe to become more conscious through Afro-German movement she started in Berlin.

Learn more about Audre Lorde in the Urban Intellectuals Black History Flash Cards. Click here for more information on purchasing options at my affiliate website.

Everyday Black History- Redlining

Often it is argued that Black Americans are lazy. That we have no drive or determination. That all other marginalized groups enter the US and are successful, therefore it proves that we are shiftless and good for nothing.

As an author it is beat in your head to not write in passive voice. The argument goes that one performs the act and not have the act performed on them. Well…sometimes.

Have you heard or learned about redlining? Well, let me tell you something. In order to determine where and where not; who and who not to sell houses or give loans, banks would draw a redline to mark areas where banks would not make loans.

It’s not by mistake, it’s by design. This practice, now illegal, although I’m not sure for how long, meant that banks would offer loans to lower-income whites but not to middle and upper-income Blacks. Things that make you go hmm…?

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View my Interview by NbA Muslims Hostes Layla Poulos- Abdullah

History, polygamy, and the Single Muslimah Threat, Karimah Grayson and have a lot to talk about. Don’t miss the next NbA Muslims Authors Speak with Karimah Grayson! Tonight at 7pm. Use the link below to view it live!

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NbA Muslim Author Interview

Join me Thursday, August 4, 2016 as I am interviewed by Layla Abdullah-Poulos regarding my novels Areebah’s Dilemma: Love or Deen and The Shoulders On Which I Stand: Daria takes a stance.

I am excited about this interview and would love for all to join me on this momentous occasion. I also encourage you to read the books so we can discuss. I am looking forward to discourse regarding these books.

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Slavery…get over it? Come on now!

Here’s a serious question and I am not asking this question to offend anyone. But, I’ve read statuses and comments from many white people who continually ask why do we keep bringing up slavery and it ended over 150 years ago. My question is, why do anyone follow their religious scriptures because depending on which scripture you follow they are at least 1435 years old.

Also, why are those from the south so stuck on the Confederate Flag? Why are we told to not forget about The Holocaust? According to the logic of those telling us to forget slavery, we weren’t there and had nothing to do with it.

Slavery is an integral part of US history and no matter how much people want to stick their heads in the sand about it, it was an institution that was not only back by the government of the United States, but it was even documented in the Constitution of the United States. I really want honest answers about this and no attacks or name calling.

 

Read how Daria handles foolishness like this at The Shoulders On Which I Stand – Pocket Sized Book or The Shoulders On Which I Stand – 6″ x 9″.

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Review of Destiny by Amina N.

Destiny Amina N

Amina N.’s debut novel Destiny is a must read. Amina wove a story of love and hate. She addressed the issue of domestic violence which prevalent in all communities and needs to stop. Be prepared to get angry. But, she showed through it all, faith helps people persevere. There were a few times in which confusion set in for me regarding characters or locations However, overall a great story and a must read.

While reading this book, I wonder to myself what would make a man want to hurt someone he professed to love? It is sad when a woman is scared to tell her family and friends what is happening in her house. As I read this book, I actually felt the pain and the tears. I look forward to reading more of her novels.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 star rating. Make sure to grab your copy as soon as you can, it is available via #Kindle and on #Amazon.

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Author Karimah Grayson

Areebah’s Dilemma: Love or Deen

The Shoulders On Which I Stand: Daria takes a stance.