Whether one feels strongly or not about the teaching of handwriting in school probably depends on whether one uses cursive in daily life. My husband does not. He types most documents, and prints everything else but his signature. I, on the other hand, almost exclusively write in cursive. I find it much faster than printing, though my husband finds the opposite to be true—cursive goes slower for him. I like to handwrite personal notes whenever possible, whereas my husband prefers email.
Both of my older girls have learned at their school to write cursive, and in fact, my 10-year-old still is required in 5th grade to practice script. She hates it, and like her dad, finds it faster and neater to print. My 12-year-old takes after me, and writes in longhand most of the time. The twins can barely scrawl their initials, so I'll leave them out of my unscientific poll. They WILL eventually learn cursive, but it may be from me and not from their teachers, should the administration adopt the Common Core State Standards.
What do you think? Should we continue teaching what many feel is an outdated, old-fashioned, unnecessary form of handwriting?
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