Suzanne Evans: Cursive can be an alert

May 1, 2013 

Cursive can alert

I can’t tell you how pleased I am that the N.C. Senate passed a bill that will require teaching cursive writing in our public schools (April 26 news story). Certainly, many are not as happy as I am, but they do not understand how many learning disabilities go undiagnosed. Taking cursive writing out of the curriculum would only prolong the frustration of many with learning disabilities.

Dyslexia, dysgraphia, aphasia, along with other disabilities are often noticed when school-age children begin to learn cursive. The physical act of writing in cursive requires one to use motor skills not normally used when writing in print. Students who show difficulties in image processing, directionality and other skills can be an alert for teachers to possible learning disorders.

As an education student who was diagnosed with dyscalculia (math disability), I can’t begin to give enough recognition to our senators who backed this bill.

Suzanne Evans


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