It’s difficult to find exact statistics but one article I read says 46 states no longer require the teaching of cursive writing. Keyboarding, online banking, echecks, debit cards, and electronic signatures have rendered it … obsolete.
There are as many arguments against cursive writing as there are in favor of it. Maybe I’m upset because I absolutely loved cursive writing as a student and as a teacher. It was fun for me. (not for all students, I know) It’s a craft… an art… a skill.
Your writing is almost as personal as your fingerprint. It’s unique. It always amazed me…. Hundreds of school children learn the exact same technique for forming their letters, yet I could always identify my student’s papers just by their handwriting style.
In college, the act of writing notes helped me remember! Sometimes I would study for a test by recopying terms and concepts.
Maybe it’s a waste of valuable classroom time. Maybe kids can “get by” without it. In all my years of teaching, I don’t remember ever wanting students to just “get- by”.
How meaningful is a typed sympathy card or thank you note as opposed to a handwritten note?
Should artists quit painting because we have computer graphics?
Should we stop teaching math skills since we have calculators and spreadsheets?
My support for cursive writing is not scientific. It’s personal. After all would my Mother have kept this handwritten poem from 1959 had it been typed?
“In all the world, there is no other
Can take the place, of my dear Mother.
I doubt it.