A fun story about a public elementary school in South Carolina where every student is an engineer. There’s plenty of robotics and science, definitely some art — but no handwriting instruction. Is this the future?


America’s Tiniest Engineers: Report from Greenville, South CarolinaBy Deborah Fallows. It was the monthly “engineering week” when I visited the A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering in Greenville, South Carolina, in January. Volunteers from one of the several local big-name companies in town were teaching special lessons. This week, employees from General Electric, some in purple t-shirts, were teaching about hydro, wind, and solar power sources.

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  • David Laroche

    No handwriting? That means they will be printing for the rest of their lives. Hmmm. Teaching handwriting is not fun or glamorous, while the engineering is much more “fun”. I know that someone will post that computing devices allow students to create text, but they are not always available or able to do certain tasks. College notes? Could be an issue.

    • Teacher

      Handwriting is taught at this school, but cursive is not emphasized. The SC state standards require students to write legibly, either in print or cursive. I taught at this school and we did make sure that students understood the correct formation of letters, but we did not require that students write everything in cursive.

    • Science Teacher

      Actually both of my college student daughters just commented that they turn in nothing hand written In college.

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