Cursive writing could be a thing of the past

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HOPE MILLS, N.C.—More children across the country are turning to computers and away from pen and paper.

Now schools are dropping cursive handwriting from the curriculum.

Lynn Dingwell said, “We spend a lot more time in the computer lab. So they’re learning Word and word processing as opposed to cursive handwriting.”

The majority of U.S. states have adopted National Common Core Standards, which doesn’t require schools to teach cursive.

One elementary school in North Carolina has eliminated the process altogether.

One communications professor says there’s more to cursive than elegance.

Michael Ray Smith said, “It’s motor skills. It’s cognitive skills. It’s left to right, it’s interactive. You make those loops and one loop connects with the other loop. At least a higher order of thinking, one idea connects to another idea.”

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