Cursive Writing

Personally, I learned how to write in cursive right after I learned the alphabet. To this day, I still remember it, as my handwriting is a mixture of cursive and print. However, some would deem cursive writing obsolete and unnecessary to teach because of how technological our society is getting. Others believe it is still necessary as we have not converted to a completely technological society.

Here are both sides of the argument.

Even graffiti artists can use cursive script! (photo by Catherine Winters)

Schools Should Not Teach Cursive Anymore

Although it was taught to my peers and myself, there are still people who do not know how to read cursive. It is a foreign script to them, and makes it more time consuming to say, grade each other’s papers in class. A point is raised by imnota4, on debate.org, when they state, ” …however, regular printing is the first thing you learn when you learn English…” It is in the same way that in learning languages, the first language learned is the strongest and the latter, in general, is used less and may even be forgotten by the people who learned the language.

CNN offers a different approach with this post: instead of teaching students how to write cursive, since it is growing obsolete in our technological society, should we not teach them to type instead? According to the article, that’s what forty of our fifty states are teaching students to do. At that huge amount, it is no wonder that fewer and fewer people are learning to read and write cursive, and it will soon be obsolete if the people who have learned cursive cannot use it in society.

Schools Should Teach Students Cursive

Although we live in a technological world, we will never achieve a fully technological society because we are humans. Because of this, we will still sign documents, even though we can type our “signature” into the computer. William Browning posted on debate.org his stance of, “…Until we are in a totally paperless society, there should still be cursive classes in school.”

Parentingsquad.com offers a great point as to this objective. They claim that cursive is a strong suit for kids with learning disabilities, like Dyslexia. Teaching kids with learning disabilities can be helped by cursive, where a b and d and p and q can look identical and be confusing to a student, cursive versions of these letters are very different.

Another point, made by a Catholic school system that still implements cursive in almost all documentation, is the belief, as told by Sister Mary Carmel on tweentribune.com, that there is a direct correlation between penmanship and quality of work.

In elementary school, I did learn cursive in the third grade. I also learned to type for three of my five years there. However, I am an avid user of both the keyboard and the cursive. I can not say one has helped me more than the other – rather, both sides of the argument are valid. From the looks of it, cursive writing will no longer be here for the next generation. If that is the case, parents have the opportunity to spend time with their kids and teach them cursive if they wish. It could be a great tool and may even give them the upper hand for such knowledge.

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