by Dr. Terry Stoops
Director of the Center for Effective Education, John Locke Foundation
Hetty Roessingh, professor and researcher at the University of Calgary, concludes:
Our society impoverishes children if we don’t learn from those who have gone before us. People who learn how to spell and to develop legible, fluent handwriting will have tools at their avail to confidently express themselves and circumvent inconveniences like losing power on one’s digital device. It’s high time to put cursive skills back on the curriculum across Canada.
In 2013, North Carolina lawmakers approved legislation that included a cursive writing requirement for elementary school students, although less than two-thirds of elementary schools are offering cursive writing instruction at least on a monthly basis.