And ANOTHER Thing….



Okay, while I’m on a tear here, I’ve got another beef with your education policies, America.  Surprise, surprise.  I guess I shouldn’t have expected less from the country that last week allowed sexting and twitpics to count as “writing”, but the people at Vote Simpson/Hemstead occasionally gets a wild hair up their collective asses and decide to hold out hope, or hope for the best.

compared to the wild hare that sometimes gets in our collective asses when we drink too much.

Well, not anymore America.  I naively forgave you National Writing Day only to be stabbed in the back by the Common Core State Standard Initiative.

To give you some background on the enemy as taken from their website: The Common Core State Standards Initiative is “a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)”.  44 out of our 52 states have formally adopted the educational standards set out by this organization.  Of course, there is always wiggle room for individualized state practices, but 84% of the powers at be in basic American elementary school + high school education have basically consented that “hey, these guys over here — I like their thinkin’”.

Now, where does Vote Simpson/Hemstead take offense?  State coordination isn’t the issue.  Having some universality in education standards is, you know, nice and prevents any one state from creating an army of angry adolescents creepily well versed in Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”.

Or alternately a state full of peppy kids well versed in Sun Tsu's "The Art of Angry Birds"

The issue at hand is that aforementioned standards omit the teaching of cursive entirely, but does include mention of keyboarding skills.  And thus began the winter of our longhand discontent.  Indiana and Illinois were the first to fall – removing teaching cursive in schools in its mandatory curriculum for the young ‘uns.

Pictured: Actual Indiana Farm Boy

To that we say: JesuAllaFasa, America…really?  No, seriously, Really?  Sure – we’re in a digital age, but let’s not forget out roots.  Interactivity with words is key in the learning process.  The fine muscle control that is learned in cursive writing benefits children far beyond their composition books.  There is an inherent value in how freaking hard cursive is to learn.  Man that capital Q and Z were damn near impossible, but struggling with how to string letters together made you use your noodle more than scrawling whatever was easiest to get your point across.

Contrarily, punching keys to make words on a luminescent screen disassociates you from the words and letters you are writing and impedes memory retention (this is my way of saying you guys are lucky this makes a lick of sense you ignorant wretches).

To be clear, the message that the current government and the Common Core State Standards Initiative is putting out is that THIS is writing and should be applauded and heralded with it’s own day, but THIS is meaningless and should not be formally taught to our children.

For all our followers with little ones: teach your Twitted little booger munchers cursive yourself.  Think of it as a post-apocalyptic survival mechanism.  When the computers crash, you want to be apart of the select few cursive readers + writers – who can communicate where food and shelter is in code simply because the masses will have no clue what those weird loops and squiggles mean.

Not to mention the bitch uses all the TP.

P.S. John Dillinger, while a notorious criminal, was taught cursive writing and was well-known for his gentlemanly nature and good manners.

About boomoy

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Posted on October 26, 2011, in America, Education, Oh Noes! and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with you on this and many other issues regarding this great nation. This is however one of your better rants. How exactly will this new mandate effect former President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” proclimation? Well, it can’t make a miserable failure worse. Can it?


    • Thank you for your continued support! We’re finding ourselves so rapidly abandoning the analog world for the shiny convenience of digital. That’s not to say the digital world is evil, the devil, or spooky alchemy, we’re conversing in a purely digital environment, we are by no means anti-technology to be sure. The more we push people, children and adults to see every object from as many angles as possible, including something as simple as the written word, the more we generate progressive thought and even creative intelligence. The word “Language”, seen in type, print and cursive is three very different looking words. Different parts of the brain are involved in seeing that same word. I was fortunate enough to learn calligraphy when I was a boy, and it extended my love for the beauty of form exponentially. Spending an hour learning each measured swipe, flourish, and bold strike to create a calligraphic lower case “a” not only taught me muscle control I’d never understood, but was meditative in so many ways. So much time I could spend working through life while sitting at a desk creating the perfect bowl curve, and that time was never wasted, and always valuable. I have great appreciation for the Japanese art of calligraphy for the same reasons, taken to a much more advanced level.

      I fear we are losing our grasp on the intimate details of what makes us a unique species in favor of apathetic convenience.


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