I am a currently in college participating in a teacher preparation program. From the late nights grading papers, I have a strong opinion that some sort of handwriting needs to be taught in our school systems. I constantly struggle reading my sixth graders' handwriting, and I am shocked that most students don't know how to write in cursive anymore. I mean, how are they supposed to know how to sign their name on documents and checks as they grow up? Teaching cursive will just help students to be more successful.
I understand that administrators believe that it is obsolete with the use of computers, but for the small amount of teachers that still want students to be able to write things out, it will be beneficial. I am personally sick and tired of having to read chicken scratch over and over again, and have had to take instructional time to teach students how to write properly with structure so I can actually read it. This shouldn't have to be taught in sixth grade, and it's frustrating when I already have a million other things to teach.
-- AMANDA HALL, Kennewick