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Should teaching of cursive writing continue in Oklahoma schools?

Posted at 12:44 AM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 14:22:07-04

TULSA — To cursive - or not to cursive - that is the question as newer generations forgo handwriting skills in a digital age.

Tulsa Public Schools Deputy Chief of Academics Danielle Neves says it's important to learn, whether it be writing a script or using technology.

"The most important thing for our students is that they are developing skills around communicating their ideas," said Neves.

Some teachers worry cursive could be a lost art, as common core standards in some states have decided to stop teaching cursive altogether.

But it appears to be making a comeback as more and more states require it.

In Oklahoma, the question of doing away with cursive was on the table, but in the end, educators found doing so wasn't in the best interest of students.

However, in other states across the country, districts say it remains a local decision whether to include cursive in a district's curriculum.

Some elementary schools are even teaching third graders cursive, which a means for a younger generation to be able to read birthday cards from grandparents or historical documents.

It's a skill most educators hope continues for years to come.

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