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NewsWest 9 Special Report: What's Being Lost in School

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By: Audrey Castoreno
NewsWest 9

ODESSA: What used to be common knowledge is slowly disappearing.

"Reporter: tell us do you use cursive on a day to day basis?

"Not really."

"Only when I use my signature.That's it."

"Some people say it's become a lost art, and I'd have to say that's true."

" I know I have young kids that are in elementary and they don't use it. They've never been taught it. Which I think is a disservice."

Are kids in school these days losing out on things we learned when we were younger? Maybe dictionaries, phonebooks and even cursive.

"They can find a key on a keyboard faster then they can write." 

Third Grade teacher, Cruz Marquez, has already started to see cursive start to phase out of the classroom.

"But it's not to say they don't want to. They want to learn it," says Marquez.  

But with having to focus on all the core subjects and reading. Many districts moving to iPads and laptops for mobile learning.
They need for cursive is slowly being erased.

"But that's the generation we are in right now. I do think it will be phased out eventually," says Marquez.

Meanwhile, the traditional library we've come to know. That idea is also evolving.

"We've evolved that word. We've transitioned into a media center," ECISD Chief Technology Officer, Kellie Wilks said.

You'll be able to see the change with the construction of the new elementary schools in ECISD.

"We no longer have a space with the name library on it, but we have spaces throughout the building that act as information gathering centers, ECISD Chief Operations Officer, David Finley said.

The idea that learning can happen anywhere is what many districts are moving to. Classrooms will be able to move around.With books in each pod, and laptops and computers at arms length.

"We're going towards a media approach. Opposed to a hard paperback book approach," said Wilks.

The days of dictionaries, encyclopedias, paper maps and even cursive could be a thing of generations past. With technology taking over for our kids.
However, there is always  a positive and a negative to any evolving idea.

"I think it's for the better, because you just type it in and that bad boy pops right up," parent.

"The negative is they don't have to think because it's right there...They don't realize it could be not correct," Marquez says.

"That's the challenge teacher have today. Making sure the information kids find is accurate," said Wilks.

As for cursive writing. The debate continues.

"I don't think it's going away, but it's going to become more of an art form," said Wilks.