Saving Cursive

Should Cursive be Saved?

Is cursive going the way of the icebox and buggy whip?  Common core standards in education are crowding out classroom time for cursive instruction.  While many may say in this day and age of technology that keyboards fill the communication void, there are strong advocates of keeping cursive in schools.

Making the Case for Cursive gives two excellent examples on the real-world impact of not teaching cursive.   Cursive is more efficient.  People can write faster in cursive than they can print.

But it isn’t just writing in cursive.  During the process of learning to write in script, students also learn to read cursive. In this summer’s George Zimmerman trial over the death of Treyvon Martin, witness Rachel Jeantel, age 19, was unable to read a key piece of evidence – a letter written in cursive.

Where do you stand on the cursive in the classrooms debate?

Writing on the wall for cursive?

For third-grade pupils at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in suburban Ellicott City, an hour’s drive from Washington, learning to write joined-up letters is a no-brainer.  But outside the classroom, grown-up Americans are debating whether the nation’s children should be studying cursive at all, in an era of swift and profound technological change.

Read More at Moneyweb

California Among States Moving To Save Cursive In The Classroom

The swirling lines from Linden Bateman’s pen have been conscripted into a national fight to keep cursive writing in American classrooms. “Modern research indicates that more areas of the human brain are engaged when children use cursive handwriting than when they keyboard,” said Bateman, who handwrites 125 ornate letters each year. “We’re not thinking this through. It’s beyond belief to me that states have allowed cursive to slip from the standards.”

Read More at CBS 13 – Sacramento

Do Kids Still Need To Learn Cursive?

“When the new Common Core educational standards were crafted, penmanship classes were dropped,” reports the Associated Press. “But at least seven of the 45 states that adopted the standards are fighting to restore the cursive instruction.”


Killing Cursive is Killing History

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the average person had minimal education and could not read or write. As late as the early 20th century, vast numbers of people still could not even sign their name. For the past 20 years, schools have been continually de-emphasizing the teaching of cursive writing to students.

Read More at Huffington Post

2 Responses so far.

  1. avatar Linda says:

    Learning to write in cursive is more than a style of writing, it is a discipline in the form of achieving a style which is unique to the person. I have yet to see two people who learned the same strokes of cursive, write the same way. By removing the cursive from chlidren’s hands leaves them without the uniqueness of a signature which is yet to even be known.

    My grandson’s elementary school has removed reading out loud. Not because of any district decision. The decison was made by the principal who found reading out loud in school upsetting as a child – so on her authority the practice has been removed. Reading out loud in school helps develop a practice of being able to project the voice and speak out loud in life.

    How much more is going to be removed as being unnecessary before the fault is realized?

  2. avatar Chris Glass` says:

    I read that learning to use and read cursive writing stimulates the brain. It is also a fine motor skill that helps children in other areas such as art, handling tools and other fine hand work.

    Lowering educational standards will make American students unable to compete in a world economy. What will they decide to pull after writing?