As a new school year begins, many children will be returning to classrooms filled with brand new computers, tablets and other tools essential to prep students for life in a plugged-in world. But as schools go high-tech, the move may spell the end for cursive writing.
The Common Core State Standards, a set of national benchmarks for American public schools, do not require students to learn cursive. Only 11 of the 50 states have amended their education requirements to mandate cursive be included in the curriculum. As a result, states and districts nationwide are grappling with whether to teach the skill at all.
Principal Mary Toomey, however, requires that all her third and fourth graders at South Lawrence East Elementary in Lawrence, Mass., learn cursive.