Violence isn't the answer, but that doesn't change the fact that video killed the radio star. Cutting-edge technology has, for the most part, managed to stay out of the police notes since the day that the radio star pushed up daisies -- the case against digital audio's role in the CD's disappearance stalled due to lack of evidence. Now, the dark side of technology is rearing its ugly head once again; cursive handwriting is dead in Indiana, the victim of required typing skills.
The shift aligns Indiana's curriculum more closely to the Common Core State Standards Initiative that was ratified by 46 governors in 2010,
PC World reports
. The CCSI says future generations will need to master the keyboard; cursive, not so much. In fact, keyboarding is considered such an important skill that students will need to be able to type out reports by the end of the third grade. Educators can still choose to teach cursive, but they won't be required to heading into the future.
The move's been panned by several folks who think cursive is still relevant, even in these increasingly digital times. "First: If children do not learn to write their names in cursive lettering, will they be permitted to sign their unemployment checks in block print letters?"
Michael McCrae ponders