About 75 percent of second- and third-grade teachers continue to include cursive instruction in their curriculum despite concerns that the artful writing is on the decline, according to a new national survey of elementary school teachers.
The survey shows that cursive writing — once a staple of elementary instruction but long considered to be a dying script — is still alive in many classrooms across the country.
Cursive’s relevance has come into question in recent years as 45 states and the District have adopted the Common Core, a set of national education standards that do not emphasize cursive instruction. Cursive writing has been pushed aside by some teachers who opt to spend more time preparing their students for standardized tests, teachers and experts have said.
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A Vanderbilt University study in 2007 found that 50 percent of second-grade and 90 percent of third-grade teachers gave cursive instruction, and a 2010 report by the Miami-Dade public school system concluded that cursive instruction had been diminishing across the country since the 1970s.