George W. Davis

GREEN: The art of cursive handwriting, almost a lost art since the inception of word processing, will be reintroduced throughout Green schools this fall.

Kimberly Brueck, director of technology and secondary curriculum, said at a Green Board of Education meeting Monday evening that cursive instruction will become part of the arts curriculum, with the districtís art teachers involved in re-creating the program.

She noted that studies have shown that cursive writing is a skill that requires focus, discipline, patience, attention to detail and accuracy and provides priceless skills for children beginning their academic studies.

Brueck said cursive instruction has been sporadic at best since word processing was developed in the 1980s. Some students and young adults canít read cursive or sign their names, she said.

Materials will be adopted this spring, Brueck said.

Green also will add four language arts programs at a cost of $221,170 ó paid for with permanent improvement funds.

Brueck said that expanding the districtís world language program will stimulate cross-cultural understanding, critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate in the target language.

George W. Davis can be reached at mediaman@sssnet.com.