Should schools stop teaching cursive writing?

That’s what the Kansas State Board of Education is debating, and it raises another question: To what degree is technology making us resistant to mastering basic skills?

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I was scrolling through Facebook recently when I stumbled across a story about the latest decision awaiting the Kansas State Board of Education, I was not only compelled to comment immediately, but I knew I had to write something, too.

The board is discussing whether cursive handwriting should remain a part of its curriculum. The story opens like this: “Should children born into a world of computers, iPads, smartphones and e-cards have to learn old-fashioned cursive handwriting?”

As someone who still writes in cursive, my immediate inclination was, “Of course!” But as I thought more about this issue (and posted my comment on the Kansas City Star’s Facebook page), I realized there’s a much bigger issue at stake. Is technology making us lazy?

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