Are Your Kids Still Learning Cursive?

As an adult, I can safely say that the only time I ever use cursive handwriting is when I sign my name. I don’t use it for note taking, I don’t use it for general purposes; I just don’t use it. I look at how much time was spent teaching cursive to us when we were in school and I cringe at how much time I feel was wasted.

I know that there are many people who will disagree with me, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that there are also many people who feel the same way. I know public school children who don’t even know how to sign their name, much less do anything else in cursive. In my local homeschool group, several parents said they just want their children to be able to write legibly and creatively and they don’t feel that learning cursive is as important as it was once thought.

For my own children, it’s never been brought up. My oldest is in 7th grade and he came up with his own way of signing his name; kinda a mix between printed and cursive. And I’m ok with that. My youngest is in 2nd grade and it’s all I can do to get him to pick up a pencil (he would rather type everything, lol), so cursive isn’t on my mind there either.

Are your kids still learning cursive, either in school or by your instruction?

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