The Lost Art of _______________

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I understand that there is a major crisis going on right now with students and LA teachers battling with writing in txtspk. However, I guess my topic in this post may be insignificant. Please read on and share what you think…

Julie @Teaching Life blog stated that writing in cursive is one of the basics in writing. I agree with her, however… IMHO in math, cursive writing is only important when distinguishing the lower-case ‘L’ to describe the abbreviation of liters. If not, one might think your ‘L’ is the number one.

Since we are being submerged into a digital and standardized-testing data-driven age, the importance of being able to write an official signature is becoming slowly obsolete. So should one actually argue that students in elementary school should be required to learn in cursive when they may never use it?


In this day of the Information age, is it acceptable for students to use this or any text-speak language?

In Math… I have noticed the growing usage of IDK on student work. Sorry if I assumed that you know what IDK meant, but it stands for “I Don’t Know.” As teachers always reply, what is it that you do not understand?

Maybe when we think that we are getting ahead by being brief in communicating, we are really getting behind in how we clearly communicate. I am not bashing the Web 2.0 generation, but there is a proper time and place to keep it short. When it really matters, you need to be specific and to the point. I guess that’s the battle that English teachers deal with constantly – the students’ on-going text-speak usage when it is & not appropriate.

However, mathematicians or people that think logically may embrace the brevity of text-speak. SO LT ME END BY SYNG CHOOS YR WEAPN WSLY FR YR BTTL MY DPND ON HW CLEARLY U CMMNCT YR PLN OF ATTCK! THS WS TRNSLTD BY TH FLLWNG TXT-SPEEK TRNSLTR.