Should Schools Teach Cursive Writing?

Did you know that the many schools do not include a standards to teacher cursive writing as part of the curriculum? This issue has caused a lot of debate within the educational community.

As teachers consider whether or not to teach cursive writing, we need to think about what cursive writing helps us achieve. It is so important to remember that learning to write in cursive helps accomplish much more than just a style of writing. For starters, recognizing letters written in cursive helps children to differentiate and learn to read different types of text and fonts that they come across with ease. Writing in cursive helps build stronger pathways in the brain for visual perception, a skill that impacts the ability to draw, construct, and visualize 3-dimensional structures.

At the same time, I understand the group of teachers who say that this skill is no longer relevant in today’s culture. (As a teacher with a strong understanding of keyboarding pedagogy, I understand that keyboarding doesn’t require the same visual skills and eye-hand coordination that cursive writing does!) So if we are going to remove cursive writing from our curriculum, we need to ensure that we provide sufficient alternate opportunities to develop these skills.

The 21st century curriculum needs to cater to the digital world and teach our students about computers, technology, and innovations in STEM. At the same time, we must remember that basic skills such as cursive writing helped the engineers and scientists of today build their foundations for construction and design.

Some food for thought:

  • How has your curriculum changed to fit the needs of the 21st century student?
  • Do you believe schools should teach cursive writing?

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About the Author
Ellen Paxton is a respected expert in education and best known as the Chief Learning Officer of Professional Learning Board. As a two-time National Board Certified Teacher, Ellen has successfully published and customized online professional development courses and Learning Management Systems for 20 years to help teachers meet their state continuing education renewal credit requirements. Through, and Ellen has established solutions and maintained partnerships with several accredited universities, higher education institutions, teachers’ unions and state Departments of Education while setting strategic direction that makes a difference and overseeing implementation of popular online PD.