Kansas Board Encourages Cursive Instruction

Cursive handwriting instruction is getting a nod of support from the Kansas Board of Education.

During Wednesday’s meeting, the board unanimously adopted a statement encouraging educators to ensure students can write legibly in cursive and comprehend text written in cursive.

In a separate 8-2 vote, the board ordered the department to develop model cursive standards. Kansas Department of Education spokeswoman Kathy Toelkes says the standards would establish things like curriculum guidelines and best practices.

Toelkes says the measures won support because of research showing the role handwriting plays in cognitive development.

A survey discussed at last month’s board meeting found that most Kansas elementary students are still learning cursive writing but that interest in teaching the subject has begun to wane.

  • question

    It doesn’t seem that we use cursive much in society, except in school when we are kids and have to learn it. When you type, you do not type in cursive. Most people, when they write a note or letter (at least the ones I see) do not use it. Why the big push for cursive? Why not spend some more time on reading or math?

    • Reality Check

      Because it’s one of the finer forms of writing. We still have a postal service and it is still polite to send handwritten notes to people to thank, congratulate, and to keep in touch. It takes more time and attention to detail to write than to dash off an e-mail and, therefore, it makes it more personal. It also helps with fine motor skills.