Sen. Leising’s mandatory cursive bill has cleared the Senate again and is now in the house. I’ve covered this ad infinitum, but, just a couple of quick hits:
- Let educators decide how beneficial, or not, teaching cursive is. If they think it’s helpful, then by all means, let them teach it. There is nothing that prevents schools from deciding they want to include cursive instruction.
- A huge chunk of cursive proponent’s rationale for demanding that kids learn cursive comes from conflating the benefits of handwriting generally with the benefits of cursive specifically. When they talk about improved motor skills and memory retention and whatnot, they are not at all careful to distinguish as to which of those benefits comes from teaching kids to print and/or write in cursive. No sense mandating cursive if the kid gets the same benefit from printing.
- So much of this is just nostalgia. We learned to write in cursive. The kids should have to too. This is just more evidence that we live in fallen times. Every generation has been worse than the one before it since Adam and Eve got thrown out of Eden. Which is nonsense. Life moves on. If cursive has real world utility that outweighs the cost of devoting finite instructional time to the subject, then teach it. If not, then don’t.
Anyway, I hope this dies in the House.