The startling fact is that at least 45 states as of 2010 have adopted the Common Core standards which do not require the teaching of cursive handwriting. Remember learning cursive? The roll and ups and downs of the pen that created our signatures, an amazing feat that set each of us apart from another. As a result, banks use it (think the checks you use), our governments (think Income Tax forms, driver’s licenses or library cards) and our legal system (think wills, marriage licenses and all sorts of contracts).
But in this electronic age, the negative attitudes of recent generations toward cursive have moved more of them into the use of electronic keyboards and away from reality. What sets each of them apart is the user name, password or PIN number, and with the growth of cyber and identity theft we know how reliable these are now and how less reliable they will be in the future.
It is reported that Michael Hairston, in 2010 president of the Fairfax Education Association, called cursive “a dying art.” He also said, “Cursive writing is a traditional skill that has been replaced with technology.” Other anti-cursive educators refer to cursive as “obsolete.”