Schools in 43 states that have adopted the Common Core education standards are dropping cursive from the curriculum in favor of typing, a move that has teachers and legislators in seven of those states up in arms. “This shouldn’t be happening here and now. We’re still using it in everyday things,” North Carolina legislator Pat Hurley, who is sponsoring a "back to basics" law in the state's legislature, told UPI.
While they plan on fighting to keep the lost art, some aren't sad to see it go. “...Spending the half-hour a day on cursive handwriting with the emphasis of going paperless was not the best use of our time,” said Mary Cooke, literacy coordinator at Illinois' District 50, citing more and more reliance from students on electronic devices. Laura Dinehart of Florida International University's college of education disagrees: “A lot of people feel an emotional connection to cursive,” Dinehart said. “There is thinking that as your pen flows on paper, so does your thinking.”