To Teach or Not To Teach Cursive

Cursive

These days, the art of cursive writing is becoming a thing of the past. Many schools are questioning if they should teach children how to write in cursive, and some schools have eliminated hand writing all together. It’s true, we live in a digital world. People type an email before they write a letter. For those of us who know cursive, when do we even use it? So maybe it is waste of time, right? Well, maybe not. There has been a lot of research done on the subject, and you might be surprised at what they have found.

Cursive writing is good for brain development. Yes, that’s right. Studies have found that learning to write cursive letters can increase their brain activity and improve their fine motor skills. It also helps improve sequential thinking, hand-eye control and visual analysis skills. This is partially because both the left and right side of the brain are working while you write in cursive.

Cursive writing can be faster.  Those who learn cursive young enough will typically find cursive a faster way to write than print. This has been true in my home. When writing reports, and copy work, my children are able to finish quicker in cursive. This has encouraged them in their school work.

Cursive can provide more detailed work. One study noted that students who wrote in cursive for the essay portion of the SAT scored slightly higher than those who printed. The theory is because the speed and efficiency of writing in cursive allowed the students to focus on the content of their essays. Other studies have noted hight accuracy in spelling and grammar in students writing in cursive.

If you can write it, you can read it. While cursive is not as much of a life skill today as it once was, we still do see cursive n script fonts of our computer, and in signatures. Learning to write in cursive ensures that when you do encounter cursive, you can read it.

Did you know that in many European schools cursive is still taught over manuscript? While we have some schools on our side of the world making the case against cursive, there are still children in Kindergarden classes across the world learning it. Is it really a step forward to remove a skill from our children’s classes that can improve their brain development? In my opinion, if we want our children to have the best, we need to keep cursive in schools.

 


Comments

  1. It seems crazy to be talking about cursive writing. We had no choice but to learn cursive growing up. I am grateful for that because I do think it can be quicker. I love reading about all the important aspects of cursive writing because I do feel people do not teach it anymore.
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  2. Cursive writing is faster. When I was in school cursive writing was a must. My kids are not as good at it, I think they should keep it in schools.
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  3. I think cursive writing is faster as well. So many times, I usually write regular shorthand. And with the new age of paying bills online, I barely sign my name in cursive anymore.
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