I was reading about that debate the other day.
I have not written in cursive since junior high, my signature is a combination of cursive and unique printed text (resembles an illegible doctor's signature), and I cannot remember the last time that I read something that was written in cursive.
As such, I am just peachy with cursive being taught at home or as an elective--I see it as one less topic that teachers are required to cover.
Representative Shelia Butt (R) is sponsoring a bill in Tennessee to mandate cursive be taught in schools.
I did laugh after reading this article where Ms. Butt explains her position:
...Butt said her motivation to craft the bill came after parents complained to her that their children were unable to read handwritten assignments…
"I found out that in my county there were high school juniors and seniors who could not read a cursive writing assignment a teacher had written on the board," she told FoxNews.com. "And there were juniors and seniors who did not have a cursive signature to write on a legal document."
Tennessee is one of at least six states with lawmakers urging that cursive by mandatory. Five other states -- North Carolina, California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Virginia -- already have laws in place to make sure students learn to read and write in script...
Wow, all this trouble for that?
Why not just have teachers print the assignment on the board and then give students a one-time 30 minute class that teaches how to create a signature?
The representative also added that students who cannot read cursive writing are unable to read the original images of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights online.
Yes, I am sure accessing the originals of those historical documents by individuals fluent in cursive ranks up there at the top of Google searches with "hilarious cat video" and "Lady Gaga."
What do you think?
Should cursive writing be a mandatory subject for 2nd/3rd graders?