Writing in cursive has been shown to improve fine motor skills and coordination in kids. Studies show that learning cursive in the first grade improves academic ability in the second. Students who wrote notes in cursive recalled it better versus students who typed notes on a computer.
We live in an increasingly digital age. Most of our communication happens in emails, text messages, tweets, and Facebook posts. The keyboard is king and we should prepare the next generation by teaching them typing, not cursive.
Adults sign their names on important documents all the time as a security measure and to make formal agreements. But do we really need to devote time in school to teaching it—just so people can have a signature?
Even if we teach cursive, we can’t teach neatness. It’s really hard to decipher another person’s cursive handwriting. And do we really want that to be an issue when dealing with bank or medical information?
Cursive is an art form that ties us to humanity's ability to communicate knowledge and ideas. Why let a beautiful form of communication be lost to the ages. Emails are deleted and forgotten, but handwritten letters are saved and treasured.