Cursive has been Dying for Years Now

Michael Stossell

It’s disappeared from classrooms as now, most writing is done digitally. Though it’s dying art, it’s still kicking. Cursive has survived through various means including, but not limited to, cursive camps and school clubs.  It is no longer required to be taught in many schools in the country, pushed aside because of its waning relevancy and teachers under a time crunch.


The amount of states that require cursive be taught is fifteen, a very small number when compared to the other 35 states that don’t share the requirement. This should be considered a double edged sword, however, considering most historical documents and your signature for important documents needs to be in cursive.


Virginia Berninger is a university researcher who believes that there is a correlation between better handwriting and reading ability due to the writing being in the same format as what is being read. Ms. Carrie Mehl, an English teacher, learned through a cursive program that “Cursive is directly linked with the ability to read and spell.”


Cursive helps with spelling and sentence formation because of how everything is connected when you write. It helps children identify words as whole things in and of themselves. It also helps fine motor control and help them develop the part of the brain that generates ideas and retain information. Although it’s not hard to understand why it’s being fazed out.


In a world of rapidly advancing technology writing isn’t necessarily going to be around forever. Writing isn’t going to be around forever, and it’s going to be completely unnecessary in a matter of years at some point. Things don’t last forever, nothing ever does, and cursive is just one of those unfortunate casualties that’s been taken out of school curriculums in general.


It’s just a fact of life that things change and things are left behind, some good some bad. But that’s a point of conjecture, considering all the things that have stayed consistent throughout the years. Cursive was an important part of writing in the past, and there’s some remnants of that even now, but it seems to have been ready to be put out to the pasture.