There's an art form that's slowly disappearing from U.S. schools. It's cursive writing. You know, script. Many say in the digital age, it's obsolete. So will it go the way of the quill pen?
Between all the typing and texting these days, is the age old art form still necessary?
"I don't think so," said Steve Graham, professor of education at Arizona State University and a leading expert in handwriting.
He argues it doesn't matter whether kids know print or cursive.
"They need to have at least one form of handwriting that they're fluent with and that they're legible with," Graham said.
So what are the top three reasons to learn cursive?
First, it provides a link to the past.
Imagine if our founding fathers never learned cursive, the Declaration of Independence would look completely different. And John Hancock's grandiose autograph would be as boring as the rest. Plus, there's a fear kids today wouldn't be able to read it.
Next, how would you write your signature, and lastly, it offers some kids a faster way to write. Nevertheless, more and more elementary schools are dropping cursive writing from their curriculum, but at Gethsemene Lutheran School, cursive is very much alive.
"We talk to the kids about maybe some of the letters they're grandparents have left them or any type of literature that's been written in cursive," said Lorna Kemper, Gethsemane Lutheran School Principal.
Pencils in hand, they focus on their worksheets, perfecting each letter. Even I made my way to the front of the class and boy, did I feel the pressure facing tough third grade critics. My assignment: The letter "G".
The kids gave me a B minus.
Ok, practice makes perfect and obviously, I need a lot of practice.
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