4 thoughts on “The Death of Cursive?

  1. Scott, I saw this article as well and really wasn’t surprised at all by it. I learned cursive in elementary school just like everyone else, but the last time I used it was in eighth grade when my English teacher requried it for papers. Schools should teach students how to sign their name in cursive, but other than that, I really don’t think it’s important anymore. Maybe I have a biased opinion because I never write in cursive, but that’s just my thought.

  2. I’m with you–I never use cursive, nor have I really since grade school, when we had to do it. I don’t think it’s a bad idea to teach it still, but I don’t think it requires nearly as much of a time investment. An introduction to it would be sufficient, I think.

  3. Scott, while I can’t find the article right now, I recall reading some research suggesting that teaching young people cursive had an overall effect on their critical thinking skills – the act of having to think about your writing skills contributed to brain development. I’m also convinced from what I’ve heard anecdotally that private schools teach far more cursive than the average public school, which may or may not be related to my first point. Interesting article though…. thanks for sharing.

  4. Hmmm… I never thought of it that way–though it makes sense. Which makes me wonder if perhaps we’re being too hasty in abandoning teaching older, more traditional skills in order to try to keep up with technology. Definitely food for thought… Thanks for bringing that up.

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