Cursive No Longer Required in Some Schools

By Paige Wills in Why Choose Paper?

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         Computers allow us to “write in cursive” by simply changing the font. However, should cursive writing be completely eradicated from society? Some people think so.

         I recently heard in the news that cursive will no longer be required in Indiana schools. They want the focus to be on learning how to type instead of learning how to write in cursive. I agree that learning how to type is essential in today’s society; however, I also believe knowing how to write in cursive is a beneficial skill.

         When I was in elementary school, I was taught how to type and write in cursive. All of my notes had to be written in cursive. I will say that the only time I use cursive nowadays is when I sign my name. On the other hand, I still think kids should have a basic understanding and knowledge of cursive. They should at minimum learn how to write their name in cursive. Don’t you think so?

         It’s sad that cursive may become a “foreign language” to future generations. It is like shorthand. My mom always talked about how she learned shorthand when she was a child. However, when I was in school, shorthand was not taught or even spoken about.

         Some people can write beautifully in cursive, which I believe is a nice skill. When you receive an award, everyone wants to see their name printed in beautiful cursive or signed in cursive. I think cursive carries a sort of prestige with it unlike print. I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel a little more special if I receive an award that is written entirely in cursive. Although most awards are computer-generated these days. The only thing that may be written is the signature.

         Here is a Times article by Kayla Webley titled “Typing Beats Scribbling: Indiana Schools Can Stop Teaching Cursive” that talks more about this topic. Click the following link to read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/07/06/typing-beats-scribbling-indiana-schools-can-stop-teaching-cursive/#ixzz1XHL6edj1

        My fear is if cursive goes, what’s next? Will children no longer be required to take spelling tests because “that is what spell check is for?”

       What are your thoughts? Do you think cursive should no longer be taught in schools?

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