Last night at Parent's Night, I had a conversation with parents of a student new to our school. The father said his son is so excited that he was going to "get to learn cursive"! Word is that many schools have had to remove cursive instruction from the curriculum for several reasons. The reasons relate to time taken from other more important subjects and the question of whether cursive is needed any more in today's digital world. At my school, we teach cursive because we feel it is helpful to students who have specific language learning disabilities.
Teachers everywhere have strong opinions about this. Some feel that being able to write legibly in cursive is part of being literate. They state that there are many historical documents that students will not be able to read if they do not learn cursive. (If you don't learn how to write in cursive you won't learn how to read it either!) One teacher states that she feels it is extremely important for her students to learn cursive. Despite the argument that it is no longer needed, she said that very few of her students have access to computers at home; and, there were very few available to students during the school day. Others feel it is time to let it go, and the only people who are hanging onto to it are "living in the past."
For an interesting discussion about this, go to Should We Still Teach Students to Write in Cursive?
I would like very much to know how you feel about this. Do you want your child to learn to write in cursive? Why? Why not?