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Why is cursive writing not being taught in schools?

Updated on May 30, 2017

Why is cursive writing not being taught in school?

If you have school-aged children or if you are school aged yourself, what do you notice about cursive writing? Does it exist anymore? In the ancient Egyptian times, cursive writing was at its peak of popularity. Which in turn means it was limitless in that age. But as technology got more advanced, cursive writing slowly lost that. Cursive writing used to be, the fastest way to write, and that is why it was taught in schools. Teachers wanted to get a lot more accomplished so teaching cursive writing, was an easy way, for kids to learn how to write quickly. That was years ago, in the 1990s and before. In today’s day and age, though cursive writing is almost becoming a thing of the past. With everyone now having laptops, and tablets there is no need to write things with paper and pen. Not that people still don’t do that, it’s just not taught anymore. Have you noticed that since there is o cursive writing being taught there is a limitless number of things being taught that aren't needed? So why was cursive writing taken out and replaced?

The reason why it isn’t taught anymore is because of , computers, and tablets which are becoming the most common way of taking notes in school because teachers and people alike want things to be done fast, since we now live in immediate society as I like to call it, where things have to happen immediately or people will lose interest. . Most grandparents now have computers and are a part of Facebook and Skype so there is no need for handwritten letters anymore. We are also living in more fast paced World which means, people, want the most effective and quickest way, to do things that include writing. The most effective and quickest way to write is by using a laptop or tablet which, you don’t cursive write with, for the most part.

Sure years ago when kids were in grade school and high school they didn’t have laptops and tablets to use, to do their notes. That was why they were taught to cursive write, but now with all the technology that is out for kids to use cursive writing is a thing of the past as I mentioned before. If you know how to do it then that’s great. Cursive writing is becoming a thing of the past because, when you go to college and university it is faster to type things out on your laptop which everyone has now so they don’t need to learn how to cursive write. Which is why it has been taken out of the curriculum or it is being taken out of it. Teachers don’t use it because people don’t understand it when it is written so to make it easier on them the teachers will just print on the boards when they write notes. Also, the school boards are trying to do away with the standardized testing which cursive writing is mainly used for and meant for according to it. That is why most teachers are opting not to teach it anymore because once the standardized testing is done away with then they are not going to need to use cursive anymore. That is one of the main reasons why according to the internet anyway.

The fewer students see cursive writing being used in schools the less they are actually going to want to learn it and know how to do it. Students learn by seeing and doing, but the most computerized things get the less cursive writing is involved. For example, I went back to my old grade school around Easter I went into a classroom and saw six or seven laptops for the students to use. The more laptops the students use the less they are going to write which means the fewer teachers will be teaching cursive writing because the students won’t need to use it.

This is someone cursive writing why isn't it taught in schools?
This is someone cursive writing why isn't it taught in schools?

Do you think that cursive writing should be still taught in school or are you okay with it becoming a thing of the past? I myself, don’t mind because yes I know how to write, but I was also given a computer in school and told to use that because it was neater for me rather than cursive writing things, and why not make kids’ lives easier when they get out to the big world they will be using computer anyway, all they really need to know how to do is sign their names when they need to do their signatures. Email and Facebook are the normal things to do now so letters are not being written which in turn doesn't teach people how to cursive-write, and that is making it a thing of the past do you agree?

Cursive writing used to be limitless in a sense that all the teachers wanted students to use was cursive and not print but that was in the past now, most students have computers for their school work in and out of school. Which for the most part is easier on the teacher and student but what about when you have to sign your name on cheque will you be able to do it or will your child be able to do it? Not unless you teach them yourself, in today's day since it is not being taught in schools. It is not like cursive writing takes a limitless amount of time to teach it might take students a limitless amount of time to catch on to but it is not hard to teach so why isn't it being done?

Everyone needs cursive writing limitlessly throughout their life or they won't be able to write cheques or write their signature on things. We all need to know how to do that because there are always limitless things that need to be signed at least once a year, what about taxes. You need to sign those so you are going to need to know how to write your signature but if cursive writing isn't been taught in schools how is someone going to learn, how to do it? Is it up to parents now and why wasn't it before why was cursive writing being taught in schools in the 90's and earlier but isn't being taught in the 2000s? Does that make sense, cursive writing is needed in limitless amounts because it is faster to use and that is what everyone wants now something fast.

Cursive Writing
Cursive Writing

Cursive writing is no longer in schools

Cursive Writing is needed throughout life Limitlessly. If you don't know how to cursive write you are never going to know how to sign your name which means you will never know how to sign a cheque which we all need to know how to do. So why isn't cursive writing be taught in schools? It was taught while I was going to school but isn't now why is that?

Do you think cursive writing should still be taught in schools and why is it not now? Let's discuss

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      Louise Barraco 2 years ago from Ontario

      I can only cursive write now but I know teachers that don't teach it which makes me sad it's faster and easier to cursive write

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Pupils here in Britain are taught cursive writing in primary schools. It is part of the reading and writing schemes which encompass writing as a multi-sensory way of learning; kinaesthetic, aural, oral, visual.

      Cursive writing is faster, it flows so that a pattern is followed and it facilitates the process of formation staying in long-term memory. It is essential to the learning of literacy and in this country is part of phonic learning.

      Tablets, laptops etc are great for use when studying, for learning some spelling and all sorts of other things but basic reading and spelling need cursive writing to enforce the patterns and use them effectively. If we don't know the basics, we're lost.

      It's true that handwriting is becoming an art form (calligraphy) rather than a day-to-day function but if we let it go from primary schools it would be detrimental to the acquisition of literacy.

      Sorry, I seem to have gone a bit! Comes from teaching dyslexics and seeing first-hand what works well. This is a long-winded way of saying no, I don't think it should become a thing of the past!

      You've written an informative hub which could initiate an interesting discussion.

      Thanks, too, for following me.