This article talks about how in some schools cursive is being phased out as “old school” and no longer necessary, being taught in third grade if at all.
I read it with some interest, since as a HS parent I have occasional pangs of guilt that I don’t make my kids do any kind of cursive or handwriting practice. I have wondered if I should make up more fun ways to practice it, if I’m harming their future selves in any way.
I’m actually kind of glad to hear that schools are phasing it out. Now if we do cursive at home, we’re ahead of the game. If we don’t, we’re just following the national standards. 😉 And really, who besides grade school teachers really writes exactly as we were taught in elementary school? I know I like the fact that my handwriting is distinctively mine.
My friend Tiffany is from England, where their cursive is “joined up writing” and many of the letters are completely different from ours. She has a hard time even reading American cursive. Her handwriting is exactly what I teach my kids that theirs should be: legible and attractive.
That said, Victoria took an interest in cursive this year and has been happily teaching herself from old workbooks and practicing lots — even on the beach last week.
This is my kind of cursive practice, incidentally. 🙂
What do you think? Do you teach cursive?