Why cursive writing still matters
by STEPHANIE TANG
As a result of advanced technology, cursive has lost most of its original emphasis; however, it is still valued as an important skill set by many.
According to huffpost.com, “Schools have been continually de-emphasizing the teachings of cursive writing to students. The development of No Child Left Behind, and the newer Common Core Curriculum has only reinforced that.”
Writing in cursive originated due to the advantages of writing quickly and constantly, without having to lift a pen or quill repeatedly, unlike regular handwriting.
“Cursive should still be taught and everyone should be able to read and write cursive because not everything is in print,” said English teacher, Jolene Sekijima.
Although numerous amounts of people perceive cursive as no longer useful, there are everyday things such as signatures that require handwriting skills.
Signatures have been a way of identification for hundreds of years and continues to be today.
“I think cursive is important because you use those handwriting abilities to sign papers. Also I like to write my letters and notes to friends in cursive because it gives it more of a personal touch and makes it more meaningful,” said sophomore, Illyana Gomez.
A myriad of experts state that children are at a disadvantage without the motor skills of cursive writing and lose a means of creative writing according to slate.com.
Without the teachings of cursive being emphasized in school, many people fear that future generations will not be able to read handwriting or old documents like the Bill of Rights, U.S. Constitution or Declaration of Independence.
“The fact that many kids that can’t read or write cursive, gives it a sense of artistic value,” said sophomore Noah Galvan, “handwriting should also be preserved because there are so many uses for it, like being able to rapidly take notes which helps in classes.”
As the advancement of technology and development of Common Core transpires, cursive will become a trivial form of writing. Despite the fact that some people avidly engage in handwriting and others do not care for the form of writing, emphasis on this script continues to diminish.