Quit Losing Your Minds About Kids Not Learning Cursive [OPINION]
It's not necessary anymore, and that's all there is to it.
A bunch of different articles from different states have been popping up in my news feed regarding teaching cursive to our kids, and pictures like this are being shared left and right:
The picture above is from Snopes.com, and it's undetermined as to whether or not it's real. Regardless, nothing gets people to hike up their pants and sit in a rocker faster than the future of cursive handwriting.
I know it's easy to rest on the "I did it so you should do it" mentality, but we also have to admit to ourselves when something is outdated and no longer useful.
The best comparison I ever heard was when President Obama was asked why we don't have more ships in the Navy. His response? "Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed."
The point is, our needs evolve over time, whether we like it or not. Don't believe me? Go ask your local switchboard operator. Oh yeah, they don't exist anymore.
Everything is on the internet, and will most likely continue to be for the forseeable future. And almost nothing on the internet is written in cursive. That's just the way it is. We can't fault these kids for the way that technology is evolving around them. And technology doesn't require these kids to write in cursive.
I'd love to hear what you think! Should kids be required to learn cursive?