Is cursive handwriting a 'lost art' among younger generations?

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

PERRY COUTNY, Ky. (WYMT) Some people consider cursive handwriting a ‘lost art’ among younger generations after school districts across the nation choose to drop it from their lesson plans.

Second graders inside Bridget Castle’s classroom at East Perry Elementary School are learning how to dot their “i’s” in a new way.

“The kids love it, it’s like multiplication. In second grade, it’s like they’re growing up: cursive and multiplication and they enjoy it,” Castle said.

Unlike years past, cursive isn’t part of core standards for teachers in the Perry County School District.

“We’re moving more toward the use of computers and technology, students are using keyboarding skills,” Program Specialist Scott Johnson said.

Perry County isn’t alone; it’s a trend districts across the nation are choosing to follow.

Castle still chooses to teach cursive though, saying it helps develop hand-eye coordination.

“If they choose an occupation where they have to use their hands and their fingers and fine motor skills,” she said.

Some fear if students aren’t taught cursive, they’ll never be able to read some of our nation’s original documents.

“Kids have to be able to read cursive before you can write it. So, in second grade, we introduce letters and work on them translating cursive to print. We give them a sentence and let them translate it, because it’s very important to learn how to read it before you can write it,” she added.

Officials with the Perry County School District say they will revise their core standards later this year.


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