America’s Common Core standards include the good ol’ reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, but the writing part is more limited than it once was. Regular block handwriting is still included in the curriculum, but cursive has been dropped.
And considering 45 states having adopted these standards, it looks like cursive is quickly being shown the door.
The Common Core is reacting to the times, focusing more on digital communications — typing — as more students focus on Word reports and Excel documents and less on handwritten essays. Still, some teachers are fighting back, with several states working to preserve the teaching of cursive.
According to UPI, “Many (worry that) future generations would no longer be able to read the nation’s founding documents, all written in flowing, curly scripts.” However, opponents point to the nation’s decreased use of cursive.