Schools Cutting Cursive as Computers Prevail
Penmanship takes a backseat to science, reading instruction
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2009 4:50 PM CST
Baltimore students work together on a math problem while substitute teacher Amon Carter, far back, teaches the class, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

(Newser) – Cursive may become a thing of the past as schools pressed for time focus their attention on science and reading, the Indianapolis Star reports. Cursive is still widely taught, but the emphasis has shifted from writing beautifully to writing efficiently as wider use of computers has also edged out cursive’s traditional role.

"When I was in junior high and high school,” says one Indianapolis teacher, “our final copies of work had to be handwritten in cursive. Now it's typed." The declining use of cursive in the world outside of school adds to the difficulty of teaching it, Jones says: “they can't read it, because they don't see it anywhere."

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Jan 27, 2009 1:55 AM CST
Cursive should become an art form, like teaching brush writing in Japan. Certain people will need it to read documents, but the modern world doesn't need it to get on.
Jan 26, 2009 10:06 PM CST
Cursive is mostly useless and I find it a pain in the ass trying to read it. I agree that it should still be taught but not as a priority.
Jan 26, 2009 9:51 PM CST
Cursive may be faster but I don't think it's more readable. I would much rather read something in print than cursive.