For the past few years, many educators around the United States have debated the decision of whether or not it is necessary to continue teaching cursive handwriting in elementary schools seeing as most classes are now being taught with computers. The decision left independently to each school, one may worry about the education of future generations and what effects may take place if classic standards are removed from the school system, replaced with a modern and technological way of teaching. Many parents have brought forth their own thoughts of concern by blogging online, speaking to educators and even protesting in order to preserve the traditional guidelines for the English language.
Until the 1920’s, cursive was the standard style of
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It's getting harder and harder to balance what's on the test with the rest of what children need to know. Reading is on there, but handwriting isn't, so it's not as important.”(Time.com, 2009) Just as legible handwriting is no longer required in some schools, Forty-one states now abide by the Common Core State Standards for English, where cursive curriculum is not mandatory, the decision to continue this once traditional skill depending on each school (Corestandards.org, ).
While many believe that the removal of cursive curriculum in schools would be a terrible decision, there are those who disagree and believe that cursive handwriting is an outdated form of writing. The majority of schools have begun to favor computer mediated curriculum, providing typing programs for second-graders instead of simple pencil and cursive worksheets. There are many reasons for this decision, such as educators gaining more time that is lost due to teaching cursive classes. Susana Cordova, the chief academic officer of Denver Public Schools told the Denver Post, “In many respects, it's only inside our schools where we see such emphasis on paper and pencil. The move outside our schools, and in innovative schools, is toward technology. There will always be a role for the written word by hand on paper. But the experiences most of us have, with 30 minutes a day practicing cursive in class, has gone by the