Do students need to learn penmanship?

01/19/2009 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

As teachers are pushed to spend more time preparing students for state testing and computers replace the need for handwritten documents, lessons in cursive are becoming less common in the country's schools. In Kitty Burns Florey's new book, "Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting," she weighs the reduced need for cursive in today's world with the historic value of penmanship.

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