Coming this Fall, students in Texas will once again start practicing the ancient art of cursive writing.  CBS Austin is reporting that, starting with the 2019-2020 school year, children entering the 2nd grade will have learn these calligraphic ways in school as per a requirement of a 2017 law.  These students will have to show mastery in cursive before the 5th grade.

As the father of a 4th grader, I can tell you this issue isn't as simple as black and white.  More and more of the curriculum is accessed through a computer, tablet, or other device via an online portal.  That means kids are already using a keyboard (or keyboard-type user interface) far more than a pencil and paper.

We have to ask ourselves this:  How much of a priority should it be?  Honestly, how much longer will we be writing anything?   I understand the need to be able to sign our names, but time is ticking on our need to fill out forms on paper - and that's the only thing I can think of that I still actually "write."


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