By Erin Grisham
I was browsing NPR when I stumbled upon a subject very near and dear to me in Cory Turner’s article “Does the Fight for a Cursive Comeback Miss the Point?” Back in elementary school, I remember being told that “big kids” were not allowed to print and that our daily cursive lessons would be crucial for our future academic performance.
Luckily for me I loved cursive (and still write in it to this day), but as I progressed through school I was shocked to see that almost everyone wrote in print! Although all the other girls had developed big, bubbly letters, my print still looked like that of a second grader (the year I gave up print and never looked back).
Aside from a nostalgic connection to cursive, is the shift away from it necessarily a bad thing? Researchers looking into the matter are generally pro-cursive but have not found evidence that it is more beneficial for students than printing.
Seattle Pacific University professor Scott Beers says, "If we expect kids to develop mastery in anything and develop fluency in anything, they have to be doing it on a regular basis.” Ultimately, it seems it doesn’t matter how students write, but whether they do write.