This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
  • amy27605 Jan 31, 2013

    This will be a great loss to the lives of these children. It activates the brain differently from typing on a computer, enhancing memory and connection to the content, facilitating healing in the process of journal-writing, etc.

    "Writing by hand is old-fashioned, but it helps us to survive and connect in a modern world." ~ Julia Cameron

  • goldenosprey Jan 30, 2013

    "The United States Constitution is written in cursive. The Declaration of Independence is written in cursive. "

    When people read these documents do they read the original documents or booklets in easy to read modern print? The Bible is written in ancient Greek, among other languages. Do you pepper your legal writings with "res ipsa loquitur" and "nunc pro tunc" etc?

    Kids need to learn foreign languages from foreign lands, not obsolete scripts from our own past.

  • goldenosprey Jan 30, 2013

    I ditched cursive as soon as my teachers let me. It's hard to read. I went to college and grad school before widespread use of laptops and tablets in class and took notes furiously, writing with either hand, able to keep up in print.

    A while back I bet there was a crowd lamenting the discontinuation of runes on slate tablets. Civilization somehow survived.

  • dcatz Jan 30, 2013

    "Try taking good notes in college without cursive writing, is way too slow to print everything and keep up with a quick professor"

    Given that everyone has laptops and tablets now....

  • jondoe Jan 30, 2013

    I don't think a lot of people are paying attention to what is actually happening here. It says schools write off CURSIVE not WRITING. We are not taking out writing as a whole, only the old-fashioned version of it called cursive. I see no problem with that.

  • melaniesvinis Jan 29, 2013

    Try taking good notes in college without cursive writing, is way too slow to print everything and keep up with a quick professor

  • jetset Jan 29, 2013

    Remember, don't we want to be above and beyond the other countries when it comes to education? so, I guess ALL "worthwhile" countries do not requre their students to be able to write and read cursive? Please! OY.

  • jharshaw Jan 29, 2013

    There is no requirement for a legal signature to be in cursive.

  • garycassis1 Jan 29, 2013

    Does this mean that when I write a letter to my 2-1/2 yr old granddaughter 10 years from now, she won't be able to read it???

  • TomnRR Jan 29, 2013

    ‎"Our goal for that is to have boys and girls at the end of 12th grade college- and career-ready," said Sue Moody, an instructional coach at Baldwin Elementary. "I challenge you to find me a college or career that requires cursive writing."

    Ms. Moody, your students will not be prepared for college without at least being able to read cursive, and the best way to learn how to read it is to learn how to write it. I can assure you that, as a college prof, they will have to be able to read my notes and those of my colleagues written in cursive on their returned papers. I will not be printing my comments on their theses.

    For those who argue that those in favor of abolishing cursive writing in the curriculum, please consider that a handwritten paper demands that the student THINK before they write.

  • kimandwill89 Jan 29, 2013

    Cursive writing is obsolete and will be almost like driving a horse and buggy on a highway for our young generation.

  • jetset Jan 29, 2013

    Ms. Dingwell states most of her 3rd grade students can write their first and last name. Impressive........

  • kensteinberg Jan 29, 2013

    The United States Constitution is written in cursive. The Declaration of Independence is written in cursive. Our children will not be able to read these documents if they are not taught cursive writing in school. I produced copies of these documents a few years ago during a meeting at my son's school. I demanded cursive writing instruction, and my son received it. I am a licensed attorney in NC. I have been in practice for 20 years. I will make an issue of this.

  • annharvel Jan 29, 2013

    Who is the smart person that came up with this??? As a notary we ask for signatures - adults sign their name in cursive they do NOT print their names! What a joke!!!!

  • ncteacher22 Jan 29, 2013

    Thankfully, there are a few of us veteran teachers who know better than to drink that kool-aid. I close my door and I still teach cursive, I still give spelling tests, and I still expect my students to memorize their times tables. (Yes, spelling tests and rote memorization are "bad") Unfortunately, too many new, young teachers do as their told and toss this stuff aside. Some parents will take the time to teach these things to their child, but many will not. I hear repeatedly from parents that it is "not their job" to teach their is the school's job. How sad!

  • IPayYouPay Jan 29, 2013

    How are they going to do an "official" signature on a legal document such as mortgage, divorce, marriage license, or anything else that requires a signature?

  • katiebridgette Jan 29, 2013

    Correction to previous post:

    And so another physical skill is removed from academia. PE doesn't count - everybody gets an A as long as they participate. Very few shop classes and none until high school.

    Schools are definitely more interested in our brains than our bodies and fail to see the connection between the two.

    Yet they tell us it is a good thing we have different "intelligences" and wonder why we are getting so fat.

  • alwaysamused Jan 29, 2013

    And for those concerned that no one will be able to read important historical documents because they were written in cursive: those documents are already on the internet. They will not be lost. (Also, one can read cursive without writing it, don't you think? It's not exactly hieroglyphics.)

  • wcnc Jan 29, 2013

    You people simply make me laugh. If it's taught in schools, kids won't learn it? WOW!! If a child is not taught cursive in school, they can and will learn it, if their parents turn off the tv a few nights or get off the computer....

    It is SCARY to read these responses and realize people aren't thinking.... That scares me more than schools not teaching cursive!

  • alwaysamused Jan 29, 2013

    Anyone who thinks NC is "dumbing it down" changing to Common Core hasn't read the new curriculum. Students (especially those in lower grades)will be far more adept at critical thinking and problem solving than past graduates because the curriculum requires independent work and objective, text-based analysis of information. (Finally, the END of self-esteem centered learning.)The curriculum is GOOD regardless of testing. The exclusion of cursive reflects the changing priorities of an entire culture. Both official and personal correspondence take place digitally now. I didn't have to sign many of the documents for my most recent mortgage; my realtor used a program enabling me to create a digital signature so I could sign documents more quickly via email. No cursive required. It's not "dumbing down"; it's progress and change. Schools are called to emphasize 21st century skills and, frankly, cursive isn't one. If you like cursive, learn to use it--just like calligraphy.

  • lavjt Jan 29, 2013

    The most important reason to learn cursive is so you can write your own name/signature. I see no reason to eliminate cursive writing as it at least enhances our children writing skills. We so heavily reply on computers that it really has diminished a lot of creative writing, writing in journals, etc. If the schools won't teach it, parents should take the time to teach their children how to write cursive.

  • mariannecartermaschal Jan 29, 2013

    I remember learning cursive in the third grade. It was a milestone in my early education and I have used it every day since. I always took great pride in having nice handwriting, and I consider my handwriting a reflection of my personality and sense of expression. Whenever I am writing my thoughts, or making a list, or sending someone a thank-you card, I do it all in cursive. If I remember correctly, our cursive lessons were about 20 minutes a day for about a month, and everything after was simply practice that we carried with us for life. How much is really gained for such a sacrifice? It just seems like we are trying to make are kids less and less educated here in NC.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 29, 2013

    we had to write cursive for that was how EVERYONE wrote outside of school.Now they will have computers at the bank or anywhere else you need to sign something.........LAZY,Like I have said many times THIS COUNTRY IS GOING DOWN AND YOU ARE NOT SEEING IT..9/11 WILL SEEM LIKE A PICNIC BE PREPARED FOR YOUR XBOX WII WILL NOT SAVE YOU.

  • katiebridgette Jan 29, 2013

    And so another physical skill is removed from academia. PE doesn't count - everybody starts out with an A and keeps it as long as they participate. Very few shop classes, and none until high school

    Schools are definitely more interested in our brains than our bodies, and are not interested in the connection between the two.

    The do this while telling us it is a good thing we all have different "intelligences" and wondering why we are getting so fat.

  • dcatz Jan 29, 2013

    "let's hope these kids are never stranded on an island without electricity and have to write something in the sand or put a note in a bottle; or communicate with someone if there's no electricity or cell phone service; or do a Valentine's Card"

    Why would I write a note in the sand in cursive? That makes no sense since it would be harder to read from above and would decrease the chance of a pilot being able to read the message.

  • mariannecartermaschal Jan 29, 2013

    This is going to be regretful. I admit, I judge people based on their handwriting. We certainly don't need more adults who write like children. Next thing you know, we will stop teaching kids how to spell because we have spellcheck for that, right?

  • iamamesstoo Jan 29, 2013

    When getting a title for a truck changed over the DMV would not take it because the owner of the vehicle printed his name.
    Not knowing how to SIGN your name of legal documents will create all kinds of problems in your future.

  • dipenkara Jan 29, 2013

    In the future everyone will need a computer to communicate with one another

  • original intent Jan 29, 2013

    What if the power grid goes down?? Like on REVOLUTION TV show?

  • granville93 Jan 29, 2013

    You have got to be kidding.

  • Deb1003 Jan 29, 2013

    I've been a calligrapher for years. It's truly sad that our children don't even know how to write in cursive, including my own children. Schools have dropped the requirement and I continue to try to teach my children cursive. I hate seeing my child's signature being something other than cursive.

  • wcnc Jan 29, 2013

    So because schools won't be teaching cursive, our kids won't be able to sign their names on documents? What a bunch of bologna! Perhaps parents can spend a little time with their kids and teach them how to sign their name and how to read cursive? Good grief people, you're acting as if the world is ending because kids can't write in cursive! As long as they are taught to sign their names, they are fine! And parents can surely take time out of their busy schedules to do that!

  • ICTrue Jan 29, 2013

    "Are the schools still teaching history, geography, and grammar? My conversations with recent high school grads in this area suggest that all three have been removed from the curriculum." lsdhome

    Geography, yeah, they aren't teaching actual history anymore, just the new liberal re-written version.

  • redrubberball1 Jan 29, 2013

    Eureka! I've figured it out, finally. Our society is being dismantled. Glad I won't have to live in the wonderful world tomorrow that this is all leading to.

  • ncpilot2 Jan 29, 2013

    CuriousT, If the schools can not do a good job of educating now, what makes you think keeping them in school longer will help? Any REAL teacher knows that after a period of time, learning ceases because the brain is tired. It's not a time problem we have, it's an inspiration and motivation problem.

  • TeresaBee Jan 29, 2013

    I taught my kids how to write cursive at home. They are in their 20's now and could care less about it. At least they know how to properly type on a keyboard and not use one or two fingers.

  • blkmamba Jan 29, 2013

    Sad, sad day in NC's history. What kind of message does this send to our children? Do people not think one day they will be going through old records and it's in cursive and they cannot read it?! Cursive is not the old language and we need to hold on to it, this is coming from a twenty something mother of two! I was shocked how little they did learn, and just a shame that nothing will be taught anymore!

  • jojogohanyuske Jan 29, 2013

    I am 24 years old and if I didn't know how to write in cursive there are quite a few instances where I would seem uneducated. Cursive is our calligraphy in this country, and as was previously mentioned, is required by our legal documents. It's a shame that part of our countries heritage is being brushed aside in such a manner. I and horrified and the people in office who would sign off on such a thing for a few more bucks in their bonus checks....

  • Leo731 Jan 29, 2013

    My child which is 17 now does not know how to write cursive. When I write a note in cursive she can not even read it all the way through. I tell her to sign her paychecks and she has to print her name. Now her employment is just putting their checks in their bank account or giving them a visa check card. I think they still should teach cursive or change forms from "signature" to "print your name"

  • southpaw Jan 29, 2013

    How are these students once they grow up, (if ever, because you are making life too easy for them), ever be able to endorse a check or sign any legal paperwork? DUH....

  • shebasmith2 Jan 29, 2013

    I understand the computer keyboarding is very useful in today's world. But don't people still need to know how to "sign" their name?? At closing on your new home, you have to sign your name a lot!! I know a person's signature can be forged, but still, you need to know how to sign your name and not just print it.

  • mys1983 Jan 29, 2013

    That's like saying we don't need to teach basic math since there is a calculator on all cell phones and computers....BASICS are the foundation, if you don't have a foundation you won't stand...

  • dianejames22454 Jan 29, 2013

    There is still a need and a place for cursive handwriting instruction. I found the comments by the communications professor enlightening...and with great merit. Computers are great, but the are not the answer to everything, and like formal handwriting instruction, have a purpose. So if computers are the "way of the future" and cursive instruction is antiquated and no longer necessary do we also eliminate instruction in manuscript writing? Letter recognition and sounds can be taught via computer instruction too....

  • Geez Louise Jan 29, 2013

    "I challenge you to find me a college or career that requires cursive writing."

    --How about signing your name to purchase a home or car, signing your last will & testament, or signing a check to pay for something. I guess the kids today will just sign with a big ol' X.

  • lsdhome Jan 29, 2013

    Are the schools still teaching history, geography, and grammar? My conversations with recent high school grads in this area suggest that all three have been removed from the curriculum.

  • Mrs.DarylDixon Jan 29, 2013

    but if they dont learn to write cursive, they wont be able to read cursive!

  • CAROLINA43 Jan 29, 2013

    Parents, sit down and teach your child cursive writing or do the norm, throw in a DVD and let 'em have at it.

  • CuriousT Jan 29, 2013

    In many countries the children are in school until 5 p.m. Extend the day and have the parents pick them up afterwards....saves on school buses and provides more instruction time. It's a win-win.

    Just a thought.....

  • BobLoblaw Jan 29, 2013

    Kermit60 - great point!

  • delilahk2000 Jan 29, 2013


Oldest First