So cursive is on the way out. Starting next year, North Carolina teachers will no longer have to teach cursive and this change is happening all around the country. Some North Carolina school districts may still teach cursive, but they won’t be required to do so. I think this is fine. Let’s face it. Keyboarding is the future and if I had a school-aged child right now, I would want him to be able to zip around a keyboard at lightning speed. I’m not sure what happens when it’s time to endorse a check or sign a contract (or a book), but in the 21st century, I’m okay with leaving cursive behind. It’s really difficult for many kids and honestly, why bother? I’d much rather that we focus on the content of what a child is writing, whether by hand or by keyboard. I want to know his ideas and I want him to be able to share them with me easily and maybe even beautifully.
What do you think?