Should We Still Teach Students to Write in Cursive?

| September 21, 2011 | 80 Comments
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Reading and writing are fundamental to learning. But as more kids read and write via some sort of computing device — laptop, tablet, cellphone — how we teach those skills is changing, and one significant change is the decision to teach cursive. When it comes to equipping students with “21st century skills,” typing is in, cursive is out.

In part, the disappearance of cursive from the curriculum stems from the Common Core State Standards (now adopted by the majority of U.S. states), which no longer requires cursive as part of language arts and writing instruction. According to the Common Core’s mission: “The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” And the global economy, so the argument goes, requires students to be prepared to type, not prepared to write in cursive.

The global economy, so the argument goes, requires students to be prepared to type, not prepared to write in cursive.

 

This isn’t to say, of course, that handwriting instruction itself is scrapped. Students will still learn to craft their letters, and plenty of students are still likely to curse the requirements for neat penmanship. But in lieu of requiring students to specifically learn cursive, the imperative now is to teach students to produce and publish their written work by typing and word processing.

Knowing how to type and how to create documents on a computer is obviously important. And for most people, writing in cursive is a rare event. Once touted as more efficient than print, typing is more efficient than either form of writing by hand. And as such cursive may seem like an extraneous skill.

Nevertheless, removing cursive from the curriculum has been controversial. Some have argued that learning cursive isn’t simply about learning how to write efficiently. It’s about learning how to write beautifully. It’s about fine motor skills. It’s about expression. And according to a report in The Wall Street Journal last year, there are a number of benefits to cognition and memory that come from writing by hand.

Some fear that if we stop teaching students to write in cursive, they’ll no longer be able to read cursive either, leaving a swath of written materials that will be undecipherable. Arguably, that’s something historians and archeologists have long faced; whether it’s cursive, calligraphy or otherwise, handwriting has changed immensely over the years.

And without cursive, how will people be able to sign their names, some argue, pointing to the one place where most adults probably do regularly use cursive in lieu of print. Of course, teaching cursive just so we can all add our personalized squiggle to the bottom of official documents probably isn’t an effective use of class time.

So is it time for cursive to go? Or should we retain it as part of the curriculum?

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  • Brian

    Time for cursive to go. No need for it anymore if you live in the real world and not the past. Teaching students to type on a variety of devices (laptops, phones, full size keyboards, etc.) will help them develop fine motor skills, perhaps even more so that using a pencil and paper. If the ultimate goal is to prepare students for the world (and their future world), there is no need for cursive anymore. Hold on to it for as long as you want, but doing so is hurting the students.

  • Anonymous

    Had a massive discussion on this topic on Google+ a week or so ago. Did you see it, Audrey?

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/110349587692857642647/posts/ANXa5W46pk7

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the link, Mark. Audrey did see it, and added her two cents, too!

      • Drbodymind

        What happens when the electricity is down?  As more and more weather changes, wars, etc. appear all over the planet, those who can still write will be ahead of the game.  Besides which, aren’t we concerned about building neuropathways to the brain?  Writing creates thousands, keyboarding creates under 10.

        • Ldylisa41

          Great point! With recent natural disasters, many communities have been faced with the lack of electricity for a number of days, if not weeks. Should the classroom be at a standstill because students will not be able to have access to a computer or laptop. There are too many uncertainties within our world to totally depend on technologies. Our children need to be prepared for any situation.

  • http://twitter.com/mooredcm Dori Moore

    Reality ….. not everyone is completely digital, despite the abundance of information on the web that says we are in a digital world.  In my world, I am digital but in my teaching world that is not so….  Schools are not operating at the same speed technologically.  Finances, teacher ability, curriculum overload or testing hysteria may all be factors that appear to impact the transition to a digital world.  My students have very limited access to computers in school.  We do not have access to social media, or iPads, or texting.  We have a few computer rooms that are always being used. Not all my students have access to computers at home and if they do, the time is limited as they share with other family members.  For now, until I begin to see greater access to digital tools I will continue to teach cursive writing.  Handwriting instruction improves the legibility of classwork.  It builds pridein one’s work as the skill is practiced.  It allows me to do a better job assessing my student’s work because…. I can actually read what they write.

  • Mare

    Recent research has shown that students who create study notes the old fashion way (pen and paper) retain more information than those who choose to digital methods.  The researchers say that more connections in the brain are stimulated when handwriting notes are taken.  Perhaps our brains will eventaully rewire themselves but can we afford to wait until evolution catches up with technology?

    • http://www.tdanyelonline.wordpress.com Tdanyel

      I agree… cursive should stay in the curriculum….

    • Lucas Lowenthal

      I disagree. We are just starting to get into a time where high school and college students who regularly typed as children. I would argue that writing is more effective because that is still how students have composed and taken notes, NOT because it is inherently more effective than typing.

    • Lucas Lowenthal

      I disagree. We are just starting to get into a time where high school and college students who regularly typed as children. I would argue that writing is more effective because that is still how students have composed and taken notes, NOT because it is inherently more effective than typing.

  • Taylor

    I feel like it is not the useful tool it once was, but I will be teaching mykids cursive! If it’s a question if time and funding, it should probably be cut. Deep sigh. But I greive the loss of beautiful penmanship. I can’t write a letter to my brother because he never learn to read or write cursive! I have to type or print. If we loose this art, I fear for the connected art of the letter or card (NOT email), thank you notes, and a jost of other written markers of education and communication. Think of handling letters from days gone by… Versus funding an old inbox of data. Bah

  • Kevin Brady

    Teach them to write, the form doesn’t matter.

  • Scootmom

    Where I teach, most of the kids who can do really elaborate, old-fashioned penmanship have a family member in prison. Apparently, a popular pastime in the slammer is crafting elegant lettering.

  • Chrisequus

    Raising a generation without learning cursive writing will produce a generation who will have lost a form of identity through handwriting. This will also have an impact on forensics in checking the legitimacy of a signiture, for example.

    • Alecia

      Yes, it’s true they will have lost a form of identity, but have gained many other forms of identity as well. It’s the nature of change. We no longer identify as clearly with our “neighborhoods” like we used to, but that doesn’t mean that we should continue doing so simply because it “used to” be a form of identity.

  • Nikihayes

    1) Cursive writing is faster than printing when taking notes, which most high schools and colleges still expect from students. (At least I do as a teacher.)
    2) Curvsive writing has been linked to deeper cognitive development because of the flowing and connecting movements of the hand in making the letters.
    3) Having a citizenry that can’t read historical documents that are written in cursive is stupid. And, stupidity should be, and usually is, painful. This is what we want for our children and our country?

    • clazza

      I would argue in the future, high school students will be taking notes on their ipads etc.

      However, I am intrigued by the notion of development of handwriting linking with cognitive development.  

      Noone wants a ‘stupid’ population, do they?  Except for perhaps the government!

    • dodito

      “having a citizenry that can’t read historical documents”? How many can read Latin? Medieval texts? Handwritten Dickens? Just because we don’t teach cursive doesn’t mean people dumb down. The same was said about the introduction of the pocket calculator in school. In fact, math results went UP as they could focus on what was truly important in solving math problems. 

      It’s the old generation of baby-boomers that are complaining about their good ol’ days. Time to move on. 

      • daisykoop2

        I agree with you 100%!

      • http://www.facebook.com/BrandonRMoreau Brandon Moreau

        Math result’s went up. Yes because that test matters so much. Now try to get change.

    • Falcon

      I’m in high school and though you may be correct in your second and third statements, I think you’re first is wrong on all accounts. As a sophomore, I haven’t been asked to use cursive since the fifth or sixth grade unless I’m signing something. On the other hand, I type at least one homework assignment per night, because I’m asked to. Also, cursive takes me at least double the time to write and is much less legible than my printing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BrandonRMoreau Brandon Moreau

        Because you never bothered to use it unless required. Just like any other skill you don’t use actively.

  • Lucky

    Hope we don’t need signatures any more either.

  • MainStreet Teacher

    What about “active reading”?  I write in the margins of my books and teach my students to do the same.  I have them keep pocket journals as well.  It doesn’t matter if they write in cursive or block, as long as they write.

  • Lucky

    Sorry — I just have to write a bit more. The only place I know where cursive writing is going away is in the public school system. There are many reasons. Perhaps one of them is that it’s not tested; and because its not tested its not needed. Well, then we could use the same arguement when discussing the multipilcation table. We have calculators so we don’t need to know them. Children are not tested on multiplication tables they are tested on quadratic equations, geometry, science formulas etc. AND they are given a table of the formulas for their test, so there’s no need for them to know the formula’s either. What the public education sector has done is create a generation or two of individuals who don’t understand the process nor can they sign their name to a drivers license, check, credit card, or an excuse note for missing school. With things like identity theft via the internet happening exponentially, I think a signature is a bit more original. There is no longer a need for uniqueness and originality unless it involves photoshop, im’s, social networks, tweets, etc. Nice!

  • Kblwine

    Not only will these students have a hard time reading the cursive of those of us who do use it, cursive is a better option for students with dysgraphia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Linda-Brown/1123262207 Linda Brown

    Children should learn cursive.  People who wrote that it is losing steam in public schools are correct, because of all the testing hoopla.  In response to markglaser, thanks for the link.  The question there was should a teacher require parents to spend $10 on a cursive book to teach cursive?  The answer is no.  I taught cursive using pencil, paper, and blackboard, and later Smartboard.  An expensive book isn’t needed.

  • Jeanne Kavanaugh

       Cursive is no longer important to 21st century learners. I agree with Kevin Brady…teach them to write; form doesn’t matter. Spending that precious time in a public school on typing and keyboarding skills only makes sense. Ultimately, the students will be better served by honing a skill that will prove to be far more relevent in their lifespan!
    Realistically, people will probably have more unique and verifiable ways to identify themselves in the future anyway…electronic finger prints, retina scans, etc.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BrandonRMoreau Brandon Moreau

      And when the power goes out it is the end of the world. For this generation.
      Let’s see what happens in a scary yet still possible if extreme situation.
      Man create’s a machine which removes his need to write by hand slowly.
      Man forget’s how to write, as was already said by others before they can’t read or write in cursive.
      The machine eventually is able to read to man, and as the machine is now small portable and easy to use he slowly forget’s how to read.
      Man loses power, due to energy crisis or potential solar flare or other form(s) of radiation release, which could knockout our wireless technology is unable to restore it, Man who farms for the most part with the usage of synthetic chemicals and machines is unable to use them.
      Too bad he can’t read or write.

  • caution

    I personally like the idea of being able to write in a form that my kids can’t understand!  Like when you and your spouse want to say something in front of the kids; cursive is like speaking a foreign language!

  • Lisa Liang

    I would if I have the time in class. My own daughter who can keyboard over one hundred words a minute believes that taking notes the old fashion way can help her retain information better. Learning to write in cursive speeds up the note taking process…and beautiful penmanship is still a wonderful thing.

  • Desposito

    As a reading teacher on the secondary level, I say let them learn to write in cursive. There is research to support learning to read from exposure to: learning a musical instrument, hand and eye coordination activities, fine motor skills work, and drawing. Writing in cursive does require focus, a steady hand and the ability to think fast and get it down on paper quickly. Sounds perfect to me for study skills and working in the 21st century. Might they word process faster and think just as fast? By the way, I have observed illegible handwriting that correlates with their  struggling reading abilities.

  • Sharon

    I respectfully disagree with Kevin.  Form in writing does matter.  Yes, the thought is the essence of the writing, but HOW it is placed before a reader’s eyes – the form - is also very important.  The form that a written piece takes signals the reader to get ready for a certain type of reading.  Cursive, in my opinion, is an art form, and just like every other skill, some are better at it than others.  The argument about whether or not we teach cursive usually boils down to classroom time and its usefulness as a tool in a digital age.  I would hate to see  cursive writing  disappear as a skill.  I understand the arguments against it, however.  I’m a fence sitter with this one.  I just read an “On this day in history . . .” about when the self-serve gas pump came into existence. Lots of people said that the traditional gas stations would never die – people would never go for pumping their own gas.  Hmmm . . .  Things do change.  I will continue to teach this skill to my grandchildren because I think it’s a wonderful skill to know, but whether or not it survives – that remains to be seen.

  • Ideasandinfo

    Ironically, using tablets & phones for may be exactly why cursive should return.  

    To write on my tablet, I enter words in cursive–which the tablet’s software converts to digital text.  The fastest way to enter text on my phone is currently with Swype–which is theoretically a keyboard, but hacked to allow cursive-like fluid entry.  Other than voice-to-text (which isn’t appropriate in all situations), I’m thinking that cursive is beginning to look more-and-more like a great option for getting one’s ideas from mind to device.

    • Anonymous

      Very interesting idea: using fluid cursive motions on devices. A way to make it relevant to the digital set.

  • Lisa

    My son’s teacher wrote a note for him in his agenda.  He couldn’t read it.  He’s 13.  But I can’t read some folks’ cursive either!

  • Sue

    I teach students who struggle with reading- in any form. I don’t teach cursive as its also not in my curriculum (in Ontario). We are focusing on learning letters in printing form and by using assitive technology programs such as WORD Q my students are able to write independently. This year I’m really getting them to know their computers. One way we are doing this is have them learning how to change font size, style and add pictures. What is amazing  to me is that every time they pick a font from the list they pick cursive! As soon as they change this, they cannot read their own writing.

    This has challenged me to rethink my “don’t worry about cursive plan,” because at this point students are still interested in learning it. They see it as a language of adults and so many of them want to act older. 

    Maybe they aren’t ready to learn it yet, but I’d love for them to be able to read it and sign their own name. 

    Maybe the next generation will be less tied to it.. 

  • KT

    Glad someone brought up the calculator comparison. However, while SCORES may go up on testing from using technology, can we think and solve using our God given tools? Not everyone is destined for hi-profile job using major techno. (We DO have to remember that a good percentage of our people as mentioned, do NOT have funds to have access to all these goodies.)
    Case and point is – most youngsters at a grocery check out or fast food cash register cannot figure out your change if they accidental press in the wrong amount! They are scrambling for a calculator instead of doing simple math.

    Writing is the same. This is a BASIC ESSENTIAL in life.  READING/WRITING/MATH
    It is the very least we need to be giving our children as a solid foundation of education – THEN everything else comes on top.
    Around my area in Ohio, schools teach D’Nealian printing that flows easily into cursive so the kindergartners/1st graders have already started to write in cursive. They are masters by 2nd grade. So WHY is this so difficult?
    Losing cursive would be like trying to exist without teaching our next generations who we are as as a people, a country, and where we came from – History/foundation.

    It’s not “an ART form!” It’s an essential. You must Sit/Stand/WALK………
    There will ALWAYS be more new technology.
    But our WORDS, Letters, Numbers….are constant.
    Reading/Writing/Math…..THEN the rest.
    If we can teach kids to write cursive in elementary, what is the problem with not having plenty of time for teaching technology too.

  • Dcmccor

    Printing and cursive are taught in elementary school. Elementary school should not become career preparation.  Keep printing and cursive instruction in place, but let students by 5th grade choose to do their school work in the mode of their choice.

    • KD

      I agree 100%. Elementary school is a time for exploration. Children at that age need to be exposed to everything, not asked to fully master certain things.

  • Dmdmason7

    Students are still required to write the honor statement on the SAT in cursive. When I administered the SAT at an independent school last Spring, more than half the group about 18 students were stumped. It added another level of anxiety to the assessment test in the State of Maine. As a parent, Secondary Sp. Ed. and English Teacher, I feel strongly about learning to write in cursive. I am also a Teacher who embraces technology and is a strong supporter of the laptop project MLTI in Maine. However, I disagree with Tablets & iPads in kindergarten and early elementary years. Teach writing and reading. Children need to be read to, to learn to love reading books of their choosing, to own books, to write in books and journals, and to write thank you notes and notes of sympathy. And no matter how advanced we get, we will not always be able to login. When all children are read to and fed before they start school we will have better schools. 

  • Anonymous

    I almost never write in cursive anymore because my handwriting sucks. I prefer to read standard letters in writing for just that reason. Cursive is like Steno, it only should be practiced by a select few.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BrandonRMoreau Brandon Moreau

      Then practice. I know I fell on my rear plenty of times when I first learned how to ride a bike, but unless you actually practice and work at it you wont ever really learn. It is the same with cursive.

  • L.T. Driver

    Simple Problem = Simple Solution
    Teach cursive writing with calligraphy in ART class where it belongs!
    Include speciality classes such as art, music, library, & PE/Health in the National Core Standards (if they are not already, but I do not believe they are).

    Also, Cursive is not “faster” than printing, unless you possess excellent fine motor skills or an average mental speed (IQ = 90-110).  For those of us with an IQ of 130+ it is both painful and illegible as our hands cannot begin to keep up with our minds. 
    However when gifted students approach cursive as an art form, like calligraphy, their end product is often near perfect.

    • http://www.facebook.com/BrandonRMoreau Brandon Moreau

      Cursive is a skill that can be learned easily unless you have a physical handicap preventing it. In fact writing in cursive is the only way for my hand to keep up with my own mind.

  • Diane Stewart

    I still feel cursive has merit and we should teach it to our students.   Keyboarding and texting, etc. are wonderful additions to our world of language but I don’t think we throw out the previous methods.   Some places one still needs to write a check which needs to be signed.   There are many legal documents that need to be signed in a lifetime.   If we don’t know how to write cursive how will that work?

  • Acarpenter

    Signatures….. without learning cursive writing …. our kids will not have a distinctive signature… Also, if I am not mistaken on the SAT form they have to sign it according to instructions in cursive writing ????  Our kids will not know how if they are not taught.  Schools need to go back to the basics …. we need to keep cursive writing in schools…..

  • Teach

    I teach third grade at a private school and am divided on this issue. My principal told me that I could teach cursive if I wanted but didn’t have to; totally my decision. Word processing is definitely the future, but I also don’t want my students to receive a wedding invitation one day and have no idea how to read it. As a compromise, I spend about 15 minutes once a week teaching cursive letter formation.  Students are not graded on their performance and the majority of it is fun activities such as writing in shaving cream on their desks.  I write messages on the board in cursive so they at least get accustomed to reading it, and students all at least learn to sign their first and last names in cursive.  My students love it; it is somewhat a “rite of passage” and they enjoy expressing themselves in this way.

  • Guest

    Yes it should.  EVRY IMPORTANT PAPER and DOCUMENT REQUIRES a SIGNATURE, YES YES YES it should not only be taught but STILL REQUIRED in schools.  Computers cannot be taken everywhere but your HAND WRITING IS!!!!!!  Otherwise what the schools are doing is dumbing down our kids so they will not be able to get the better jobs, have critical thinking and would be easier to control and look down on.  Cause I can guarantee that the private schools will REQUIRE it cause know that a signature carries A LOT more weight to it than does printing or and X.

    • Dave

      1. A signature does not have to be in cursive. In fact by law it doesn’t even have to be your name. The law describes it as a “mark, symbol, or device one may choose to employ as a representative of himself.”

      2. The ability to write in a specific font has absolutely no bearing on your critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is an abstract process independent of any form of physical communication.

      • Lol

        I absolutely agree with this!

        As someone capable of writing and reading cursive, I still think
        it’s obsolete.It’s beautiful, it shows class, but in the end it’s more a
        hobby than anything. I can’t use cursive for anything because my
        professors won’t except hand-written work, and in the profession I’m
        going into, editing and publishing, I will also have to rely on using
        word documents for everything I do professionally. The occasional note to a co-worker is not reason enough to teach it in school.

        The argument that we need to know cursive so we can sign a signature
        is stupid. My parents and grandparents all know cursive and you know
        what every single one of their signatures is? A capital letter (maybe)
        and a squiggly line following. I am the only family member with a
        legible cursive signature. And who has the time to _hand write_ wedding invitations?! Are you kidding me?! Even when my grandma, a woman with beautiful cursive, remarried a few years ago _and had a small wedding_ she sent out printed invitations.

        And on that note, of all the people that know cursive and know me, only ONE sends me letters written in cursive.

        I think that students who want to learn it should be given the option, but we shouldn’t punish those who don’t care. I know cursive, and I love the way it looks. But for note-taking, writing, and any hand written communication I send I use print and have never suffered for not using cursive.

        • http://twitter.com/KateGladstone Kate Gladstone

          I sympathize with your arguments, which would have been more persuasive if you (a future editor and publisher) hadn’t misspelled “accept” as its homophone.

  • Anonymous

    cursive was born before the dead sea was sick

  • Anonymous

    Cursive= boring

    • Night_Spike

      This makes me think you don’t know how to write cursive. You write faster with cursive, able to read and write cursive. You need help kid. lmao just kidding but your wrong

      • http://twitter.com/KateGladstone Kate Gladstone

        “Your wrong”?!
        You’re wrong about punctuation, Night_Spike.

  • Rexbor1

    How distrubing when I offered my 13 year old grandson the pen to sign the guest book at a funeral, and he declined, saying he does not know how to write cursive.  Since when is less knowledge a good thing???

    • Mister.KNIGHT

      o.o Your JOKING right? because my 2nd grade class writes in cursive! DAMN lol he has a lot to work on

  • Shnswimmer

    yess teachers need to teach us kids cursive!!!!! it not only helps brain deveopment. it is fun even better when it is calligraphy prettier!!! how many of you want your kids to learn difrent laungeges cursive helps activate the part  of the brain that helps with learning new laungues 
    in other words yes teach cursiveat schools we need

    -7th grader

    • http://twitter.com/KateGladstone Kate Gladstone

      How’s it working for _you_, Shnswimmer?

  • Shnswimmer

    also cell phone are suppose to give you cancer so haha
    ccursive wins
    -7th grader

  • Anonymous90909

    How are the kids going to know how to sign their signatures,Next the computers are going to be whipping are asses for us.Kids doing homework instead writing stuff on paper and not using book is redicous

    • TehGrammarMang

      (*wipping, *our, ^of, * ridiculous, general spacing, punctuation) Oh, the hypocrisy.  

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZT7MR7RK26BTTJFEIX5N35CRQI KK

        *Whipping

        To quote “TehGrammarMang” (The Grammar Man?)… OH THE HYPOCRISY.

        • http://twitter.com/MrsDevilAngel Teresa

          It’s actually supposed to be *wiping. Computers will be *wiping *our asses for us. So, yeah.

  • Anon

    I don’t think cursive should go, but I absolutely agree that personal finance should be taught to kids.  The problem is, what do you kick out to replace it?  They do teach basic money skills in school (at least they do in Canada), but it doesn’t go much beyond that.  As a relatively new parent, I have vowed to make sure I teach my kids everything I know about money.

  • 123think

     ”typing is more efficient than either form of writing by hand.”

    This statement needs to be challenged.  Don’t just swallow these statements as fact.  I work with kids as old as seventh grade and I guarantee you they can be more efficient with paper and pencil than they can by typing in the majority of cases.  The final report should be typed but most of the note taking, planning, manipulation of “stuff” is much easier for them on paper than on a computer.  You must become very efficient with a program and typing before it outdoes writing. 

    The other side of that, why teach typing when computers are now able to recognize speech.  Wouldn’t it be much more efficient to just talk to your computer and let it type than to spend so much time learning to type? 

  • Teacup0410

    I would not hire anyone who could not read or write in cursive.  I use a computer all day long, but frequently leave notes on employees’ desks in my own cursive writing.  I use cursive everyday for quick notes, grocery lists, thank you notes, sympathy cards, etc.  It is necessary for these types of communication as printing and computerized cards are just plain crude.  I read cursive in historical documents, and notes and letters from my friends and family who received complete educations.  (Thankfully, our educations included geography as well!)  But I have not received a wedding invitation or thank you card written in cursive from anyone under 30 years of age in over ten years, and these are written by people educated in our public school systems who have been given technical educations to meet the required tests, with no appreciation of quality or understanding of classic skills for living.  Typing and the computer are here to stay, and must be taught, but cursive writing separates the educated classes from the kindergartners! 

  • Jerry Segalla

    “And according to a report in The Wall Street Journal last year, there are a number of benefits to cognition and memory that come from writing by hand.”

    This educational benefit is realized by writing either in cursive or by printing, so its value as an argument to support cursive writing is invalid.

  • Michelle Pincock

    We are rushing headlong into the future with such an arrogant confidence in our own logic and technology that we never pause to consider that logic and technology might not be all that we’ll find valuable there. Something reliably intrinsic, completely illogical, and much more akin to art than tech, tells me we need to hang on to the script that forged (and keeps record of) Western Civilization.

    • Jerrysegalla

      I agree, but I don’t think teaching cursive should be the major concern of the fourth grade curriculum as it has been in the past.

      • http://www.facebook.com/BrandonRMoreau Brandon Moreau

        As do I, students should know how to write in cursive, before the fourth grade.

        • Spike_Knight

          I know right my 2nd grade class knows cursive i’m not kidding. My students take cursive seriously. If they don’t i give them a work sheet everyday till they get it!

          • Lol

            So it’s not that _they_ take cursive seriously, it’s that _you_ take it seriously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrandonRMoreau Brandon Moreau

    I agree, personally I write in cursive far faster than I could ever type. I never saw a computer keyboard until I was 8 almost 9 years old I love to write in cursive. It is an essential skill. I will forever be a “two fingered chicken typer”.

  • Doh_Goal

    This is SERIOUS these kids are getting lazier and LAZIER everyday not knowing cursive my 7 year old son wrights cursive for everything. He loves cursive

    • http://twitter.com/KateGladstone Kate Gladstone

      How does he spell “write”?

  • Doh_Goal

    My son said his friend in the 5th grade got in trouble because his PRINT was bad and the teacher couldnt read it! whats wrong with them

  • guest

    How about both? Nothing wrong with getting to an advanced level of typing (60+ words per minute) and learning how to write in cursive–and legibly!

  • The tickler

    This is why the United States is way behind in global education. We rather have our kids learn an obsolete writing style then learn more important skills. I never learned cursive in school and I am 21. Can’t read it, can’t write it. Your signature need to be cursive you clowns. I just scribble my name and it has never been challenged. On my drivers license, car loans, home loan applications, even little debit and credit card purchases. Get into the future pickleheads.