As a parent, do you feel that technology like smartphones and laptops are taking over and not allowing our kids to learn proper cursive handwriting?

I have a feeling my kids' generation might be the last to have had handwritten assignments in school. They are in the seventh and 10th grades and only recently have they been given Chromebooks and Google classroom to receive and turn in class assignments and homework.

Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images
Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images

But I have talked with parents whose kids are just starting out in school here in Massachusetts and already being introduced to tablets and screens to handle their schoolwork. Will it get to a point where the only time they hold a pen or pencil in school will be when they draw in art class?

I personally feel like technology is taking over. So my kids write and use tablets but at some point, I am afraid the writing will be a thing of the past unless school systems realize children should be taught cursive handwriting as we and the generations before us were taught.

CNN has an interesting article on how more and more classrooms across America are just recently implementing cursive handwriting as part of their curriculum.

In CNN's article, data compiled by the Southern Regional Education Board in 2016 showed that 14 of the 16 states the SREB oversees expect that cursive instruction begins by the third grade.
The year 2010 was a "pivotal year" for the cursive comeback, the SREB says. That's when "college- and career-readiness standards did not explicitly include it," including the national Common Core standards. The SREB showed the number of cursive-teaching states dropping from 12 down to six that year.

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