Are such parents justified in believing that cursive writing is an important skill that their children cannot afford not to have? Perhaps they are.
Just because a skill is being emphasized less does not mean that it is less or not valuable altogether. There are, however, those in favor of continued downgrading of cursive writing because they think that its value in today’s largely digital world is not that much. Pros and cons of cursive writing are, therefore, many.
Pros of cursive writing
Parents and teachers who want children to continue to learn cursive writing an remain offered in schools provide the following arguments to support their position.
1. Compared to typing, cursive writing stimulates the brain more because it engages more cognitive skills. Children who use cursive writing, thus, forget less and, as a result, may experience improved academic performance. Depending on the style you choose, it can also be beautiful.
2. It helps students with dyslexia, a condition in which the brain inefficiently associates combinations of letters and sounds. The condition has been found to hinder spelling, writing, and reading. Rather than a series of strokes, cursive writing allows dyslexic students to view words as a unit thus helping them to quickly learn reading and writing.
3. Cursive writing also promotes focus because when writing things down, one has to slow down, recollect facts, formulate thoughts, and organize them in a coherent manner. Such brain activities promote intense focus.
4. Thanks to cursive writing, one can easily read and understand some of the world’s great historical, literary, scientific, and religious documents such the Bible, Shakespeare, and the American Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Cursive writing is, therefore, not just a form of writing but a way of communicating with very important education, scientific, and historical documents.
5. Cursive writing is also still important in the modern world because it remains the primary method that people use to write their signatures. Compared to e-signatures, signatures made through cursive writing are more difficult to forge.
Cons of cursive writing
Those who are in favor of doing away with cursive writing present multiple arguments to support their position. Here is a look at some of them.
1. In today’s digital world, cursive writing has been rendered obsolete by technology. One can use e-signature and, thanks to digitization of early manuscripts and historical texts, one does not need cursive writing skills to read and understand them. (However, many instances still require people to know how to sign their name.
2. Given its little use in modern world, teaching cursive writing, which is very time-consuming, takes away valuable time from subjects and skills that are more valuable in the modern world such as keyboard skills. It is slower than typing because it is more error focused. With typing, especially when using applications such as Microsoft Word, errors can be easily identified, deleted, or undone.
Cursive writing doesn’t seem to be on the decline and it is not about to die soon.
Even though technology has made it less useful than it was in the past, many teachers and parents are still going to teach their children this skill because it certainly still retains relevance in today’s world.
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