Students should learn cursive handwriting

Today many students in elementary school do not learn cursive handwriting. I strongly believe they should. I am by no means saying that someone needs to write in cursive all the time, but everyone should be able to read it and at least write their signature. 

According to, At the age cursive is taught, around 7 or 8 years old, these skills can be very beneficial in furthering motor skill development.” When you write cursive, it is a different set of skills from normal print writing. Cursive writing uses hand muscles in a different way and requires a different part of writing than print does. 

If a student learns to read and write cursive, it allows them to communicate with their elders such as family members. Many people write cards in cursive, and it is helpful to understand what the cards may say. It is also important for students to know how to sign their name in cursive. A person’s signature is required on a legal document and many other items as well.  

If students learned to write in cursive in younger grades, then they could take notes faster.  When you write in print, you have to pick up your writing utensil after each letter and with cursive you only need to pick up your hand at the beginning or end of a word. 

Although there are cons of learning cursive, such as losing the skill if you don’t do it regularly, the pros by far outweigh the cons. 

So in your free time, maybe instead of watching TikTok or scrolling through Instagram, if you don’t already know cursive try to practice it. It may come in handy the next time you need to write your signature or receive a hand-written card or letter.