Cursive still not blotted out

Juan Carlos Ferrer, Staff Writer

Graphic | Todd Kleiboer

By Juan Carlos Ferrer | Staff Reporter

Technology has led to the decrease of cursive writing, but the importance of learning cursive is still beneficial in this world.

“I learned [cursive] in like fourth or fifth grade,” Estefany Torres, a junior at Texas A&M – Commerce, said.

Cursive writing was a skill that would be taught when people were attending elementary school. About an hour would be dedicated to teaching the writing skill, but that no longer happens in most schools.

Technology quickly rose in this century, and almost every single person has a cellphone. Children are entertained with tablets, and schools have had to adapt to the sudden rise of technology.

“It’s not “important” in terms of its utilization in day to day routines,” Lizbeth Mares, a junior at A&M-Commerce, said.

Learning cursive writing is no longer mandatory. Many students have tried to avoid learning it as well.

“We tried to convince our 4th grade teacher we hadn’t learned it yet so we didn’t have to use it,” Mares said.

While some would see cursive writing as boring and a waste of time, there are still some benefits to learning the skill.

Cursive writing has been linked to better scores on reading and spelling tests by TIME magazine. TIME also added that students who learn cursive can also keep more information with them and have more ideas than those who do not know cursive.

Learning cursive also requires patience and discipline, and much time is used to reach that level of cursive writing. The hand also must know what movement comes next for each letter.

Many important historical documents are also written in cursive. If people cannot read cursive handwriting, then they will not be able to read the documents the way they were originally written in.

“The documents lose their value if one can’t understand them,” Mares said.