Timothy Clark: Why push cursive?

April 11, 2013 

Why push cursive?

When I was going through elementary school we were required to learn cursive writing and were told that we would need it for the rest of our educational careers. The reality of the situation was that we would have to learn it and would have to use it for one year, maybe two years maximum.

Now the North Carolina House of Representatives has passed a bill that will once again require cursive writing to be taught in elementary school. I have no problem with wanting to go to a “back to basics” educational plan with things like memorizing multiplication tables being taught, but including cursive writing in it does not make much sense to me.

Most people, including myself, only use cursive in their everyday lives as a quick way to sign documents, and even then it is mostly illegible. There are only a few people that use it as a way to take notes as most people prefer. I feel that if cursive writing is required, the same thing will happen to students today that happened when I was taught it, and it will become unnecessary for them to use after one or two years.

Timothy Clark, Burlington

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