Cursive writing is beautiful. Handwriting is beneficial. Reading is vital.
The other large chunk of our audience? Teachers who want (or are required) to teach it to their students.
We want people to write in cursive, but not at all costs.
Needless to say, we love cursive and want the world to learn how to do it. Now comes the “but” in the post.
And that’s just reading. According to another site, specializing in international education data, “Ironically, despite the United States having the best-surveyed education system on the globe, U.S students consistently score lower in math and science than students from many other countries.”
Reading, writing, and arithmetic. These three subjects are the building blocks of good education. The ability to read, communicate, and do basic math is vital.
Cursive is not.
There, we said it.
But still, more states are requiring cursive…by law.
Recently, California signed a bill into law that requires cursive writing be taught in public elementary schools.
There are several states considering, even voting on, similar legislation (like Pennsylvania and others). Honestly, by 2025, more than half of states in the U.S. could require public schools to instruct students to write in cursive.
Is it best? Let’s consider.
Data behind our opinion.
California ranks about 38th, in Pre-K to 12th grade education. With literacy rates being what they are, and many states attempting a move back to phonics, it’s more important to focus on the most critical things. At least in our opinion, as a resource for people who want to learn or teach cursive.
Namely, what good is it if a student writes in the finest script, yet struggles to read at all?!
Silver lining in all of this.
It’s good and right that legislators consider specific curriculum and educational standards. Certain states improving how they teach reading is making a big difference (Mississippi went from 49th to 21st in less than 10 years).
Is it going to take time? Yes. Should we do it in the best order for impact and learning? Yes.
But that’s just our opinion. We’ll keep spreading the word about cursive and helping the next generation.