Should schools teach cursive handwriting? The question is an impressively polarizing one in the K-12 education world.
One of the most widely cited criticisms of the Common Core State Standards is that they don’t require teaching students to write in cursive.
Some states, such as Tennessee and California, have added cursive to the standards. Louisiana appears to have gone the farthest, mandating that students get instruction in cursive every year from the 3rd through 12th grades.
Proponents of teaching cursive say students need to learn it to be able to read historical documents, such as the U.S. Constitution. Without knowing cursive, students “will be locked out of doing research with literary papers and archival collections,” Valerie Hotchkiss, a library director at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2014. “They will not even be able to read their grandmother’s diary or their parents’ love letters.”