Apparently the U.S. is doing a major revamping of its elementary education right now — the idea is to prepare the kids for the 21st century. Since there isn’t time to teach everything, a lot of schools have dropped cursive writing from the curriculum. The argument is cursive takes a lot of time to learn and being adept at the keyboard is more important. In one school where cursive isn’t taught in class a teacher has started an after-school cursive club. It isn’t as popular as most clubs, but there is some interest. As one student said, his mother and grandmother still write in cursive so he wants to keep the family tradition going. I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel like a museum relic.
What do you think? Do you think dropping cursive is a good idea? What do you think the schools should be focusing on to prepare the children?