Cursive Writing Disappearing from Public Schools

When I was in third grade, my teacher informed us that we would be learning to write in cursive that year. At first, I was very discouraged about this. I had just learned to write in print a few years before and now they want me to learn something completely different?! However, I quickly discovered that I really like writing in cursive and now, I never write in print unless instructed to do so.

Unfortunately, many public schools are no longer teaching cursive to their students. Recently, Hawaii announced that its schools will no longer be teaching cursive; Indiana and Illinois are two other states that are no longer requiring this education curriculum. Not surprisingly, this trend is causing some debate among American citizens and the line is usually drawn between those who write in cursive now and those who still use print. However, their reasons for their views differ. I talked to several recent college graduates and business owners about their opinions concerning this issue.
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Teachers Allowed to Hit Students in 20 U.S. States

the 20 states allowing student hitting

The 20 States in red currently allow teachers to legally hit their misbehaving children

Most parents recognize that even in the most well-respected and established education institutions, their children will inevitably misbehave, which will subject them to punishment in accordance to the school’s disciplinary guidelines.

In fact, in most instances, parents, teachers and administrative professionals understand and agree that negative reinforcement is sometimes deemed necessary when disciplining a disruptive pupil. Most, however, envision a trip to the principal’s office or a missed after school activity an appropriate punishment.

One thing they probably don’t envision is a child being hit with a belt or wooden paddle as an appropriate punishment for misbehavior. Read the rest of this entry »

Indianapolis Public Schools Halve Summer Vacation

Indianapolis-Public-SchoolsIndianapolis Public Schools are falling in line with President Obama’s wish for students to attend school year-round. The largest school district in Indiana is proposing a massive change to their academic calendar.

The new schedule will combine some of the aspects of a year-round plan with the traditional school calendar, a system they’re calling the “balance calendar.” The start of the school year would be the same, but summer vacation would be cut down to five weeks. Students would then attend classes for about nine weeks, and have a three week break in the fall.

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Indiana Names September “College Savings Month”

college savingsWouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to rely on student loans to pay for tuition? With recent college grads slowly drowning in a pool of debt, many of them are probably wishing that they had another way to pay for college.

In Indiana, September is a time to save for the future, more specifically, college. Gov. Mitch Daniels declared September “College Savings Month.”

Gov. Daniels wants College Savings Month to be a time for families across the state of Indiana to look to the future and consider the importance of higher education. He also wants parents to recognize the positive influence a college education can have on their children’s future. The state is encouraging parents to look into CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plans.

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Ludacris Invites Indiana Students to Inauguration

Rapper Ludacris extends an inaugural invitation.

Rapper Ludacris extends an inaugural invitation.

Indiana students got a surprise guest last fall. Rapper Ludacris spoke before the school and announced that any 9th grader with a 3.0 GPA, and who has completed 20 hours of community service, would have the opportunity to attend the inauguration in person. The inauguration is peaking interest in the political process in ways these teachers say they haven’t seen since the 1960s.


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