From signatures to just having basic calligraphy skills, comprehensive cursive writing is still an important thing to teach children.
Though it’s a common myth that schools no longer teach cursive, the truth is that it just doesn’t have to be included in the curriculum in many schools around the country.
In Illinois, cursive writing is mandatory, but this only became the case in 2018 when it was passed into law. This law is the case in 20 other states in the U.S., but many other states give the option to schools on whether they will teach it.
While cursive may seem less important to some due to the increasing prominence of technology, it still has importance in our lives. From writing signatures to learning to better understand old historical documents or letters you get from your relatives, cursive has many uses.
Typing and computer skills have their place, but for me, cursive is not only important, but it can also be fun, leading to more extensive calligraphy. While cursive is my primary method of calligraphy, learning it has helped me learn different ways of writing such as old English calligraphy faster than I would have if I had not learned cursive.
A personal example for me is being able to write birthday or holiday cards with much nicer looking handwriting than if I just wrote it normally. Taking the time and effort to write up a letter is something that I believe brings it more meaning.
There are various reasons why people say cursive writing isn’t important. One of these is that it takes up valuable time children could be learning something else, yet most students would start learning cursive around seven or eight years old, while they still have room to learn while they are learning the fundamentals of other subjects.
Cursive takes some time to learn, but could also be taught in tandem with core English rather than as its own separate subject. Even if it was just 10 to 15 minutes at the end of a class, students taking time to learn how to write cursive will enrich their learning experience and lead to being more skilled at writing in the future.
Some of the other issues people bring up is that it won’t be relevant later in life, and that’s a good argument. Writing in full cursive might not be needed later in your life, but learning it at some point will help you efficiently sign your name or pick it up later on in life, so it definitely wouldn’t hurt to learn it.
Cursive can also be difficult to learn, especially if you’re not a strong writer, and I certainly wasn’t when I was younger, but learning cursive can help with enough practice.
According to one article, learning cursive even has the capability to help with dyslexia due to involving more complex brain processes that help students decode the different words.
There are pros and cons to learning cursive, but to me, the pros outweigh the cons. Teaching cursive to students is well worth the time and effort.