Should Cursive Handwriting Still Be Taught in Schools?

Should Cursive Handwriting Still Be Taught in Schools?

Reading, writing, and arithmetic: these were the foundation of what you learned growing up in school. One of the “Three R’s” is missing from many school curriculums today. Out of the 43 states that currently follow Common Core educational standards, only seven of them include cursive handwriting in their curriculums. Cursive handwriting lessons are being replaced with more instructional time focused on standardized test preparations and teaching students how to write computer code. While it is important to adapt lesson plans for a new era in education, here are some reasons why cursive handwriting should still be taught.

We Learn Better When Writing Things Down

Practice makes perfect. This saying is especially true when it comes to writing. A recent study from the Boston Globe shows that students remember their notes better when writing them down, compared to typing them. With many schools emphasizing on preparing students on their test taking skills, encouraging them to write in script can help them excel on their next quiz. Writing in cursive will require some practice, and it can teach students that hard work and determination will allow them to succeed.

It Reduces Distractions & Prevents Multitasking

When you try to write something on the computer, do you find yourself catching up on today’s news instead?  The Atlantic reports that students feel less distracted when they take notes by hand. The same article also says that students feel better about their studies when they are not using laptops or tablets to take notes. For younger students, spelling out words and writing them in cursive can help them remember how to spell certain words they may have trouble with.

Students Will Still Need to Create a Signature

Think about how many times a day you sign a check or a piece of paper. You probably would not know how to create a signature if you were never taught to write in script. Although you might now be signing on a tablet, it’s important to differentiate your signature from other peoples. Students should practice writing their name in script and develop a unique signature that would be hard to replicate to prevent fraudulent signatures.

It Helps Students with Dyslexia

The Dyslexia Research Institute reports that 10 to 15 percent of the entire US population suffers from dyslexia. Cursive handwriting is often used to help dyslexic students improve their writing and critical thinking skills. According to a report done by PBS, cursive handwriting has been proven to improve dyslexic students spelling and sentence structure.

It Helps Us Connect With Past Generations

Many of our past generations have written in script. Ancestral records, personal diaries, and other artifacts about loved ones can help future generations understand their family’s history. If students are not being taught cursive, how are they supposed to view history? Many of our nation’s most important documents have been written in script and it’s important that our nation’s students are able to read documents in script.

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