Should Schools Still Teach Cursive?

Cursive writing has been used for many historical documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Losing the ability to read cursive would equate to being unable to read these articles that were essential to the development of the United States. In addition, cursive leads to more personal signatures that are harder to fake than printed signatures. However, forcing schools to teach their students cursive takes time outside of the classroom. Furthermore, cursive writing isn’t proven to be much faster, or really better than printed writing. Especially with the advent of digital technology, cursive is no longer truly necessary as a skill. Besides for signing documents, cursive may eventually disappear.

Common Core Standards do not require cursive to be taught. It does take a while to write in cursive, but only thirty to sixty minutes to teach how to read. To simply keep the cursive spirit alive, perhaps teaching children how to sign their own name in cursive and learning to read in cursive will be enough to make sure our patriotic identity doesn’t die with our personal one.

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