Cursive handwriting could be becoming a 'lost art'

Local parents are worried cursive could be becoming a thing of the past for Texas students.

January 23 is National Handwriting Day because of John Hancock’s birthday. On that day parents talked about how cursive has affected their children.

“I think it has really helped them better learn the alphabet, better learn how to form words,” Joy England said of her two daughters.

The Austin Independent School District says cursive and handwriting are required courses in the second or third grades. After that, it’s up to teachers to have students keep using cursive.

“I remember a little bit of it, not a whole lot but a little bit,” fourth grade Pflugerville ISD student Kate Moore said.

Moore said she learned cursive in the third grade. Since then, she hasn’t really used the skill all that much in school.

Reporter: “Do you prefer print?”

Moore: “Yeah.”

Reporter: “Why is that just easier?”

Moore: “Yeah…”

Her mom, Heather, says as a girl she had to write in cursive for several years.

“Your handwriting was a big deal, you know they wanted everything to be legible,” Heather Moore said.

She says now, in the digital age with texting and computers, handwriting seems to have become less of a priority.

“It seems like now they’re not really concerned about that, even printing,” Heather Moore said.

“Even though everything is texting and computer now, when you got into an office to fill out medical forms or anything like that. It’s still you’re printing it,” she said.

England says she’s seen parents with children who didn’t know cursive when signing a college application.

“At that point they realize their child doesn’t have a signature,” England said. “They just started to print their name.”

“It could be a lost art form,” local calligrapher Monica Alas with the Pink Pen said.

Alas herself found a way to make some money off learning cursive.

Even though Kate Moore doesn’t use it that often already, she says it was still worth studying.

“Because it’s fun to learn something new,” Kate Moore said.

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