Letter: Schools’ lack of longhand instruction a mistake

Letter: Schools’ lack of longhand instruction a mistake

I read with interest that Chariho High School will host a teacher from China who will be here for a year to teach a class in Chinese, in the article “Chariho schools chosen to host Chinese language teacher” in The Westerly Sun on Friday, Aug. 31.

I think it will be a great opportunity for the students who attend the class to learn about the Chinese language and culture. I wonder if the students will also be taught to write in Chinese.

Unless the School Committee intends to buy new laptops with Chinese language software, a problem in translation might be created because public schools no longer teach students how to write in longhand (cursive) in the public school system. In my opinion that is an egregious mistake!

I might be from the old school, but we should not be casting aside the three R/s (reading, writing and arithmetic) in favor of all of the new electronics. What’s going to happen if the electric grid goes down?

We will have a calamity of astronomical proportions, and the health, safety and welfare of the public will depend on the engineers and scientists who know how to do things without a computer.

James M. Mageau


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