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Do You Think These 6 States Should Stop Teaching Cursive In School?

Cursive writing, once a standard in every public classroom in the U.S., has fallen by the wayside. School officials in some states are vowing to begin implementing it again, but others are asking, 'why bother?'

Six states this year have taken up the cause of putting cursive script writing back in the curriculum: Kansas, North Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, California and Georgia. Other states, such as Ohio, offer it as part of the art program. Some other states are trying to do away with it - and officials are battling it out.

Pro-cursive supporters say that the old-fashioned handwriting is still a necessity. Without knowing how to read cursive, people will become more and more dependent upon electronic devices. Students will grow up not being able to read letters from grandparents, old family memorabilia and historic documents.

Others think the script has outlived its usefulness and is a waste of valuable school time. Other forms of writing have fallen by the wayside in history - most people today would not be able to read an original Shakespearian manuscript in secretary hand, for example. That's why they're recreated in modern print; people who wish to learn antiquated scripts can always study them.

Should cursive handwriting lessons also be dropped to free up time for other studies, or are they still a necessary life skill? That's a question that politicians and educators will be debating over the coming years.

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