As we blogged about some years ago, teaching cursive handwriting had all but disappeared from our nation’s schools, a victim of computer typing and the Common Core.
But now, cursive handwriting is coming back into the curriculum! Some 14 states now mandate instruction in the penmanship art. And now even the progressive New York City school system has come around.
It began when a New York Assemblywoman was working at a voter registration table. She signed up an 18-year-old. But when he had to sign his name to the form, he printed it in block letters. No, she told him, you need to sign it. He explained that he didn’t know how. “I never learned script.” She told this story to city education officials, and they agreed that this is a skill that needs to be taught.
We may have a generation that has never learned how to write or read cursive. But it may be coming back!