In recent years, American educators have been embroiled in a hot debate over the relevancy of cursive writing in modern-day schools, as well as in the lives of students today. But, as of 2020, the number of states mandating cursive in the classroom has risen to 21, up from just 14 in recently-past years, indicating that cursive could be making its comeback in American schools.
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Evansville, Indiana, February 11, 2020 – Over the past decade, the hotly-debated subject of cursive writing in schools across America has created quite a stir, rousing the opinions of academics, educators, parents, pediatricians and professionals in child-healthcare, as well as those from both past and present-day students. Surprisingly to some, the subject has even gained publicity among mainstream media. And, perhaps even more surprising, is the fact that everyone has seemingly taken a firm stance, either in support or rejection of whether cursive has a place in the classrooms of today.
In recent years, the outlook for cursive has, at times, appeared dismal, with the number of states that require cursive writing dipping as low as 14. But, now, the tide may be turning. As of 2020, the number of states requiring cursive as part of their mandatory statewide curriculum has risen to 21, according to recently-published data.
Proponents, worried about the possibility of cursive potentially becoming a lost art, have argued that eliminating the handwriting form would be a disservice to all students, citing multiple reasons why it should remain one of the mandated subject areas taught by schools in the U.S. While the argument for cursive may have experienced a revival in recent years, it is nothing new. Teaching cursive to students has been widely supported by some of the most powerful players in education, including those responsible for the formation of America’s modern-day teaching methods. Maria Montessori, founder of the world-famous “Montessori Method”, encouraged teaching students to write in cursive prior to teaching children to print. Cursive, she reasoned, followed the natural direction of letter formation, making it easier for young children to successfully write the cursive alphabet.
Now, the pendulum appears to be swinging in favor of cursive writing as more and more states are adding it to their curriculum once again. For cursive handwriting help, teachers, students, and parents can check out mycursive.com online.
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