Cursive Writing Still Taught in Schools


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A new survey shows Kansas elementary students are still learning cursive writing but interest in teaching the subject is waning.

The Kansas education department said Wednesday a survey found 90 percent of the state’s school districts teach cursive writing, generally in third grade.

But nearly 23 percent of those who responded said they don’t consider cursive a high priority. And about 6 percent said they expect to eventually reduce the time spent teaching the subject.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports supporters also are concerned that new Common Core State Standards in English will mean even less cursive education. Cursive is not part of the standards but states are allowed to add up to 15 percent in additional standards for English language arts and math.


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