Why is cursive writing disappearing?


Q: My daughter did not learn cursive handwriting in third grade. And apparently cursive is not going to be taught in fourth grade. How will she ever learn to sign her name?

A: Many of today's elementary teachers believe that teaching cursive is old-fashioned in this technological age. Instead, they favor keyboarding instruction.

Furthermore, states now have the choice under the Common Core State Standards to decide whether to include cursive in the curriculum. And more and more of them are eliminating cursive partly because of the crowded curriculum necessary to prepare for standardized testing.

Because your daughter did not receive any instruction in cursive in third grade when handwriting is typically introduced, she unfortunately may never be taught to write or read cursive.

The best way for her to learn to write her name is for you to have her practice tracing and then copying her signature until she can easily write it.

Parents should send questions and comments to dearteacher@dearteacher,com or visit dearteacher.com.

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