Should cursive be taught in schools?

This debate is rehashed every few years as states discuss whether or not to mandate cursive. Some view it as an outdated practice wasting time which could be spent on typing, but others prioritize the correlation of cursive skills and literacy.

Yes, cursive should be taught in schools

Cursive is an art form and a skill, and there is value in making sure children have a basic knowledge of certain skills. In addition, cursive has connections to many forms of learning.

Teaching uniform printing skills in elementary school is correlated with higher literacy

Printing skills are connected with numerous literacy markers, and the practice of those skills can only benefit students in their education. Cursive has many noted uses beyond just enforcing mandatory student exercises.

No, cursive should not be taught in school

Cursive is outdated. Forcing children to learn it does not benefit them more than other elementary-level practices, or even modern ones like typing.

Making unnecessary skills mandatory is unreasonable

There are plenty of other ways children can establish basic printing skills, and requiring antiquated skills in the modern era sends a bad message to students.
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