Should cursive writing be taught in schools?

04/28/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Many students are still taught the basics of cursive writing, but few schools spend much time on the subject beyond introducing it in third grade. Some proponents say cursive writing helps develop students' fine motor skills and being familiar with cursive writing is important for reading historical documents. However, many educators say preparation for standardized tests and an increasing focus on 21st-century skills are driving cursive writing from the curriculum.

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