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

Advertisements

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”

I finished listening to Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston, narrated by Robin Miles on my Audible app.

Try Audible and get it free: https://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B079TXMLK6&source_code=AFAORWS04241590G4

Finally! (Embracing Myself) a Memoir

Sister Jennah

PROLOGUE

Once Upon a Current Lifetime,

I lived, dwelled and wandered (mostly strolled) in a somewhat catastrophically manner. Realizing I was, after all only running away from Me, Myself and I.

This was before I FINALLY (Embraced Myself) and accepted and/or remembered; WHOM I TRULY WAS, WHO I TRULY AM and WHOM I TRULY CAN and WILL BECOME.

On THIS Current Journey, In THIS Current Lifetime and having reached THIS Stage of Maturity (54 years of age), the former feelings of Non-Acceptance from Others, Full Confusion, Self-doubt, Self-loathing, lowered Self-Esteem, People Pleasing, allowing Others to Guide and Direct how I Live, My Lifestyle, Religious or Non-Religious Choices, Loving Everyone Else (Without Loving Myself FIRST), No Longer Pertains to Me.

Within this confusing, yet beautiful lifetime (I believe) that I have now chosen this moment to be my final cycle in the stages of human soul & spirit reincarnation.

On this…

View original post 716 more words

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.

The Sun Does Shine: Oprah’s Book Club Summer 2018 Selection (Unabridged)

I finished listening to The Sun Does Shine: Oprah’s Book Club Summer 2018 Selection (Unabridged) by Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin, Bryan Stevenson – foreword, narrated by Bryan Stevenson – foreword, Kevin R. Free on my Audible app.

When you read of prosecutorial errors and a defense attorney not putting his client first, you may become upset. When you hear the miscarriage of justice told from someone wrongly incarcerated for 30 years on death row, you may become enraged. This is a call to action.

Try Audible and get it free: https://www.audible.com/pd?asin=B078SGF4S6&source_code=AFAORWS04241590G4

Article: Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges

Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges. Are you paying attention? Oftentimes when one state is permitted to do something, others soon follow. Are you a complaining, registered voter who hasn’t voted in a while? Check on your voting status prior to the deadline of registering.

Don’t say you weren’t warned. #knowyourregistrationstatus #disenfranchisement #peoplediedforthisright #AuthorKarimahG

http://flip.it/4O5.x3

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.

Learn more about Billie Holiday by visiting my affiliate website here for purchasing options.

Looking for some beautiful yet cost-effective jewelry? Visit my website by clicking here.

Everyday Black History – Martin Delany

You learned about Harriet Tubman, Frederic Douglass, and Sojourner Truth; but, have you learned about Martin Delany? He was an abolitionist, journalist, physician, writer, and arguably the first proponent of Black Nationalism.

If you are or have ever been a member or interested in Black Nationalism, you have him to thank. He joined integrated militia to help defend the Black community against White mob attacks.

Learn more about Martin Delany and others by visiting my affiliate website. Click here for purchasing options.

Every Day Black History – bell hooks

Took on the pen name “bell hooks” (After her grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks) in the 1970s to move away from writing poetry and into a focus on critical essays on systems of domination.

Continues to be a voice for educational reform, and the ability of students to engage in rigorous study and to think critically.

Learn about bell hooks and other women in Urban Intellectuals Black History Flash Cards Volume 2. Click here for more information on purchasing options at my affiliate website.

Everyday Black History – Dick Gregory

He fought for our rights almost up to his last day. He took on a range of issues, including ending the Vietnam War; feminism; Native-American rights; and apartheid in South Africa.

Many didn’t know that he received a lot of funding from Hugh Hefner. Read more about Dick Gregory and many others from Urban Intellectuals Black History Flash Cards. Click here for more information on purchasing options at my affiliate website.