Out with the old, in with the new
[dropcap size=small]S[/dropcap]ome teachers may have required cursive in the past, but it is quickly fading away from the handwriting of teen students. Cursive is simply not as important as it once was. A 2011 Cable News Network report noted that, “states don’t require children to learn cursive writing anymore. Some 46 states have adopted the Common Core Standards, a set of educational guidelines that do not require cursive writing as part of a school’s curriculum.”
Out of 109 Ventura High students, 72 admitted they don’t write in cursive often.
Senior Ava Gallo said her writing style is, “messy cursive mixed with print.” She added, “I think students should be taught cursive somewhat just because people still use it.”
Freshman Reece Pickett also stated, “I use printing when I’m handwriting normally because I find it a bit easier. I sign in cursive because it’s more formal.”
Junior Anna Grossi uses a combination of cursive in her handwriting because, “it’s easier for me to read and more fluid for me to write. As an amateur author and lover of reading, cursive will always hold more of an importance than typing and other modern ways of recording words.” Grossi explained why she feels this way, “Writing in cursive creates a visual representation of ancient and mysterious magic that typing can never amount to.”
Due to our frequent usage of electronics, much of our modern day communication is done on a keyboard, just one of the reasons cursive is becoming less relevant as time passes. Even if young students were still taught cursive, they’d have no use for it in today’s society. A better idea would be to teach typing, it’s a skill much needed for modern life.
AP English and ERWC teacher, Erin Jones, shared her thoughts on cursive relevancy, “I think it’s a nice skill to be able to read cursive and for writing speed, but we also type a lot and typing is probably more important than cursive.”
In response to the anti-cursive opinions out there, a counter argument may be that there are benefits of cursive that outweigh the evolving future that relies more on electronic methods of recording thoughts. Not only does cursive hold a sentimental spot for some, but it’s also attributed to stimulating the brain better than typing would. A study conducted by the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test administered between March 2005 and January 2006 found that the 15 percent of the essays that were written in cursive received a slightly higher sub-score than printed essays.
Whether you think that cursive is relevant for what awaits us in the next decade or not, it is slowly becoming less significant as time passes.