Fewer Schools Teaching Cursive

PBS (4/25) reports that “many elementary schools...have dropped cursive instruction altogether as increased testing, the implementation of Common Core State Standards and computers in the classroom take more time and resources.” A total of 45 states and the District of Columbia adopted the English Language Arts standards outlined in the Common Core, but several states including California Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee have mandated cursive instruction. Marilyn Zecher, a former teacher and certified academic language therapist , related a conversation she had with a bank manager, who said that “there is an appalling number of high school students transitioning to college ...[who] don’t have a signature...That’s a problem.” Steve Graham, a Professor of Education at Arizona State University, said “We now have electronic signatures. We don’t use the signature in the same way that we did 20, 30, 50, 100 years ago.” The article concludes by noting that there are still “devotees who slowly and methodically create beautiful characters.”