By Alex Nguyen
Elementary schools across the United States have stopped learning how to write in cursive. Cursive is a skill that has and will be needed for many generations.
In 2010, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were introduced and adopted by Forty-one states not including Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, Virginia, South Carolina, and Alaska. According to the Core Standard website, these standards consist of:
1) Research and evidence based
2) Clear, understandable, and consistent
3) Aligned with college and career expectations
4) Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skill
5) Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
6) Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society
These standards are said to be the most essential for success in college, in careers, and life in today’s global economy. However, the Common Core Standards don’t specifically describe how to teach each requirement.
Under these requirements, the idea of teaching the cursive writing style has been de-emphasized almost to the point where it’s been dropped because the CCSS doesn’t require it. By doing so, many schools believed it gave more time for common core subjects such as Math, or English, etc. Along the CCSS, cursive has been a silent topic but keyboarding skills are prioritized. Most likely because a majority of CCSS’s tests are taken on computers.
Cursive should be a topic in elementary schools because it gives students a way to advance their writing skills. Throughout college, careers and life in today’s global economy writing will always be necessary. To be able to combine print and cursive will increase the speed of future citizens writing capabilities allowing them to efficiently save time especially in college.