Should we still teach the cursive alphabet?

Do your kids know how to write the cursive alphabet? As schools begin to accommodate new standards, the question remains if cursive handwriting will stay on the lesson plan. At least 41 states do not require public schools to teach reading or writing cursive, according to USA Today. The discussion around learning to write cursive has provoked many opinions of what’s important for future generations to know. Some suggest children should learn programming instead of how to write cursive. Others claim we lose motor skills swapping out a pen for a keyboard. The pros and cons of learning cursive has been weighed, but what will be the final decision?

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Should the cursive alphabet still be taught in schools?

Here’s how the Educents community responded:

How will they ever be able to read historical documents such as the constitution, etc if they don’t learn to read and write in cursive? -Sara J.

No, it’s not relevant anymore. Learn typing instead. -Robert C.

I don’t think it has been taught in our school for at least the last 10 to 15 years.Cursive writing will become a lost art in America. I think it should still be taught. -Claudia A.

Cursive?Honestly, it’s no longer important. Teach them to sign their name; then teach them to convey their thoughts, and be persuasive, via oral and written communications. Why would we want to spend valuable school time, beyond a day or two, teaching someone to sign their name in cursive? Why don’t we spend time teaching calculations via abacus or slide rules?  -Gary F.

Yes. When my teenager who has always been homeschooled started public high school, his classmates couldn’t read his papersbecause he wrote in cursive and no one else did. His teacher said he always knew which paper was Hayden’s even if he forgot to put his name on it! -Kelly B. 

Yes! It’s part of my children’s 2nd grade homeschool curriculum. They just started doing it, and they are so excited about it. 🙂  -Angela M. 

I’m a former primary teacher. Second grade is rather young to begin, but the kids are always excited about it. Don’t worry if they have difficulty mastering it at first; they will when the brain and muscles are ready. -Kathy F.

I can read Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Bible among other things all without ever needing cursive. Just don’t get the hype. -Mike E.

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What do you think?

There are already lots of awesome ways to fuel a homeschool curriculum, but there are tons of great options for those who wish to teach cursive. So what do you think? Should we still teach kids how to write cursive? Why or why not Leave your thoughts in the comments!