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10 Reasons Cursive Should Be Taught in School

It Connects Us to the Past

Cursive writing has been around for centuries, meaning many documents throughout history were written in cursive. If we as a people strike it from the collective knowledge, we will have no way to access that information. Reading historical documents loses its grandeur when you aren’t able to read it in its original form.

Cursive = A Respectable Signature

“Is cursive writing magic?”, comedian Patton Oswalt asked when pointing out that all legally binding documents are signed in cursive. He has a point, as it is impossible to live in modern society without a signature. If we don’t teach our youth how to write in cursive, how can we expect them to have legible signatures?

It Inspires Creativity

In many ways, cursive writing is a form of artistic expression. It allows students to apply skills beyond those needed to articulate a complete thought. Instead, it accesses the part of their brain that appreciates aesthetic appeal. In allowing students to write in cursive, we are allowing them to express their individuality.

Cursive Helps Fine-Tune Motor Skills

Writing in cursive takes more effort on the part of the writer. When children are first introduced to cursive writing, they have not yet developed a fine grasp on their motor skills. Learning this skill will give them the extra practice to hone these basic skills required in order to function in the world.

It Looks Professional

There is a certain air of sophistication to cursive writing that is lost on printing. Throughout your life, you will be judged on your penmanship, so it's best to make a good first impression. Cursive writing is a great way to do this, as the fluid motion of it gives your writing that extra pizazz.

It Teaches Children How to Persevere

Writing in cursive isn’t easy, especially when it's brand new to you. When children struggle to do it correctly, they will be taught how to stick with a task, even when it's difficult. Perseverance is one of the most important skills someone could learn, and cursive writing is a gateway to learning how to push through obstacles.

It Helps Students With Special Needs

Dyslexia and other learning disabilities can make writing extremely difficult, particularly because several letters look very similar. Cursive writing eliminates that issue, as each letter has a distinct appearance. Also, because the letters are connected, they're harder to switch around in your brain.

Students Will Acquire a New Skill

Sure, it's crucial that we know how to type, but cursive writing requires learning another skill. As we push our brains further, we create new synapses for transferring information. So children who learn how to write in cursive are able to function on a higher level.

It Saves Time

Once you're able to master cursive writing, it's so much faster than printing. You don’t lift your writing utensil nearly as much - it's all one fluid motion - so you're able to get more done in a shorter amount of time. Speed and efficiency are always valuable skills to have.

It Provides Distance From Technology

Technology is an unavoidable part of life, and in many ways it allows us to advance as a society. However, there is something lost when you spend all of your time staring at a screen. When you write in cursive, if forces you to break out a pen and paper, which will give you a much needed break from electronic gadgets.