Should We Still Learn To Write Cursive? An Education Expert Weighs In

By: Maddie Crum

cursiveI’ve always thought that if I learned anything from cursive lessons in elementary school, it was the art of persuasion.When my second grade teacher, Mrs. Hasselhoff, let me and my fellow students know that it was time to put away our copies of Mr. Potter’s Penguins and fetch our lined, instructional handwriting books, we moaned in protest. We voiced the arguments we would later fine tune in calculus class: why do we have to learn how to do something we’ll never use in the real world? Why are such rigid rules being imposed upon us, stifling our creativity?Most post-school conversations I’ve had about learning cursive reflect more of the same, with a few shaky hypotheses thrown in the mix. “Everyone has to have a signature,” one colleague suggested. “Maybe the point is to teach you how to have a signature.” I nodded in agreement: entire years of educational instruction have been devoted to stranger, more obsolete skills. (Although my knitting and apparel teacher might disagree.)Still curious, I poked around to figure out why handwriting matters, whether cursive in particular is important, and whether kids are still learning it, inundated as they are with on-screen options for conveying their thoughts.” To read further please click here:

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