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Should Cursive Be Taught In Schools?

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT A student practices writing a cursive letter U. BERKPIXELS/GETTY IMAGES

Even in the age of computer keyboards, the ability to write neatly on paper is important. Kids are taught to print their letters, or write each one separately. That looks like what you’re reading now. But what about cursive writing? Many schools no longer teach it. Some people think it’s a dated form of writing and that the time is better spent on other subjects. Others say learning cursive is useful. In 2019, Texas reintroduced cursive as an essential skill. Should cursive be taught in schools? We asked TIME for Kids readers to share their thoughts. Here’s what four of them had to say.

Yes

COURTESY PADDY IVENGAR

Jayita Iyengar, 12

East Rutherford, New Jersey

Putting pen to paper has benefits that typing can’t replace. Research shows that learning to write by hand is a key to good spelling and composition skills. Plus, cursive writing could be considered an art form all on its own. It’s one way for students to develop the side of their brain that isn’t developed by basic reading and writing skills.

No

COURTESY DENISE DELGADO-KERMAN

Keith N. Kerman, 10

Pelham, New York

Cursive shouldn’t be taught in schools anymore. It’s hard to do, and it’s a waste of time. The letters are so complicated and fancy that practically nobody’s able to do it accurately. And with all of this technology around nowadays, such as computers and phones, why should cursive still exist? Besides, who cares about cursive?

Yes

COURTESY VICKY NING

Justin Lining, 9

Bellevue, Washington

Cursive looks more glamorous than printing. Its letter formation has extraordinary curves and arches. Some parts are wide, while some parts are narrow. That will naturally appeal to people’s eyes and impress people. You can write in cursive faster because you connect the words. Your pen doesn’t pause. Cursive can let your thoughts flow.

No

COURTESY PRADEEP SEETHRAM

Spriha Pradeep, 10

Fremont, California

Learning cursive can take away time from subjects we use every day. Typing is increasingly important. Cursive writing is slower, harder to read, and harder to learn. Due to technology, cursive has become insignificant. We hardly use handwriting. There’s no reason to teach students a skill that they won’t use and will most likely forget.

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