Save cursive handwriting!
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What went wrong?
The forecast for the American school system took root around the turn of the century - when racism was the way of life. In 1903, John D. Rockefeller founded the General Education Board (Rev. Fredrick T Gates served as President), which provided major funding - around $250 million ($250,000,000 of 1903 dollars would be worth: $6.8 billion in 2016) for schools across the country and was specifically active in promoting the State-controlled public school movement.
Family names like The Rockefellers, Gates, Carnegies, Vanderbilts along with other financial elite used their "philanthropic" organizations to mold society by funding and pushing compulsory state schooling for the masses. With the formation of the Department of Education (DOE) in 1979, it takes little less than common sense to piece together why in today's schools penmanship is being neglected and more money is pumped into prisons & entertainment than education and family.
Why we care:
The almost lost art of handwriting is one of the few ways we can uniquely express ourselves. There’s something poetic about grasping a writing instrument and feeling it hit the paper as your thoughts flow through your fingers and pour into words. Handwriting allows us to be artists and individuals during a time when we often use computers, texts and e-mail to communicate.
Individuality vs. Dependence: Handwriting can add intimacy to a letter and reveal details about the writer’s personality. Throughout history, handwritten documents have sparked love affairs, started wars, established peace, freed slaves, created movements and declared independence. It is the ability for our children to readily read that declaration that we are so feverishly trying to protect.
What we are doing to fix it: The Kidlightenment Project and asking for your "signature" now in support.
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