SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Is cursive becoming obsolete because of texting and keyboards? Utah state education officials are discussing whether teachers should continue teaching the skill.
Utah dropped cursive from its core curriculum in 2010 when it agreed to standardize these guidelines with several other states in the Nation. Apparently the states agreed together to drop the skill from the list of required skills for students to learn.
Now the discussion is whether to required teachers to teach the skill.
To get a feel for what folks in Utah think. We took this question to the streets.
“When is the last time you wrote in cursive?” asked ABC 4’s Noah Bond.
“Honestly, probably about 10 to 15 years ago,” replied Melissa Wright.
“I wrote in cursive last week at a training had for my current career,” said Richard Forsman.
“When's the last time you wrote in cursive?” asked Bond. “Cursive oh my goodness. It's probably been quite sometime,” replied John Jessop.
Most people say they don’t use cursive because of more modern ways to share a written message.
“I have students that write the way that they text,” said a high school teacher who talked with ABC 4 News.
Utah school leaders should decide whether to make cursive a part of the Utah’s core curriculum by the fall of 2013.