Now Trending on Facebook: Do we need cursive writing?

This week on Facebook, a lot of things are blowing up, but most of all….people are arguing about cursive writing!

The Common Core standards have dropped the requirement to learn cursive writing, and people can’t decide whether they agree with that or not.

Here’s a sampling:

  • Maggie Barger: Why don’t we just stop teaching children and just let their phones iPods etc do all the work. Yes, cursive should still be taught! Maybe parents should think twice before caving in on giving their kids so much technology.
  • Jennifer Heintzelman My mom died earlier this year. She left behind journals, written in cursive. Had I not learned how to write/read in cursive, I would not have been able to read her journals, her notes left on the margins of her Bibles, and many other things left behind. There are so many things written in cursive from our history, it’s important for students now to learn cursive. Our school (Mifflinburg) teaches a little bit of it and it varies by teacher on just how much, what they haven’t learned from school, I’ve taught myself (or am teaching). It’s not just a matter of what schools are teaching, it’s ultimately the parents job to ensure that their kids have the knowledge they need. There are resources online for parents to use to teach their children if the schools aren’t.
  • Eric Adams Teaching cursive is a bit old. I can’t think of anyone who really uses it in any form of communication other then signing your name. And it would be a lot easier to teach kids how to sign their name or to create a unique signature then to spend years teaching them a completely worthless skill.

I agree with the pro-cursive camp. I use it all the time, especially when taking notes on stories.

It is so much quicker, easier and sometimes, it’s just prettier.

What do you think? Should we still teach cursive writing?

 

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