Angela McKnight, a New Jersey legislator believes that they are doing the children a disservice by keeping them from a skill which is so vital for the rest of their lives.
Angela McKnight, a New Jersey legislator believes that children must learn how to write in the cursive hand, according to CNN. She has introduced a bill that would require elementary schools to teach their students how to read and write in flowing loops like the previous generations. It used to be part of the course, and we all enjoyed graduating from writing basic alphabets to connecting them with loops. It was dropped from Common Core standards in 2010 and people have slowly stopped using it because of the digital age. There was a time when people used cursive writing to sign their names.
Since it was dropped in 2010, several schools have stopped teaching children how to write in cursive. "In some cases, children are entering middle school without knowing how to sign their own name in cursive," McKnight (D-Hudson) said in a statement. "We are doing our children a disservice by not teaching them a vital skill they will need for the rest of their lives." At the same time, California, Texas, North Carolina and several other states have moved to encourage cursive recently.
"Our world has indeed become increasingly dependent on technology, but how will our students ever know how to read a scripted font on a word document, or even sign the back of a check, if they never learn to read and write in cursive?" McKnight said. Apparently, there's research that shows cursive still can improve cognitive development, spelling and writing speed, even though it is the era of texting.
"When writing cursive, the word becomes a unit, rather than a series of separate strokes, and correct spelling is more likely to be retained," says the International Dyslexia Association. "The Declaration of Independence and many other important archival documents are written in cursive. A cursive signature is more difficult to forge than a printed one." Research also says that we tend to retain more information when we take notes down by writing than typing it out on a laptop.
"Knowing how to write in cursive isn't only for writing 'thank you' cards to Grandma — research suggests it can boost kids' reading and writing skills, too," says publishing company Scholastic. The bill was introduced in the state legislature last month and is heading to the education committee for review. Also, cursive writing helps children to form words better and pick things up faster, too. So there really isn't any harm in bringing it back to be included in your kids' curriculum.