“Schools today, we say we’re preparing our kids for the 21st century,” said Jacqueline DeChiaro, the principal of Van Schaick Elementary School in Cohoes, NY, who is debating whether to cut handwriting lessons. “Is cursive really a 21st century skill?” Most students now write on keyboards or text.
Does learning cursive have any advantages besides the ability to read historical documents like the Constitution; or even make sense of the writing in your grandmother’s diary?
Richard S. Christen, a professor of education at the University of Portland said cursive can easily be replaced with printed handwriting or computer fonts, but he worried that students will lose an artistic skill.
I have more of an immediate question: how much of the ability to read will be lost when students can no longer read or write longhand?
What do you think?