Cherry Creek Elementary school in Lowell
LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)- It was once considered an important part of elementary education, but in schools across the country, cursive writing may soon become a thing of the past.
Beginning next year, schools across the country will adopt a new curriculum that will limit the time spent teaching cursive writing.
Mary Beth Reed, a third grade teacher at Cherry Creek Elementary school in Lowell, has seen the practice slow down over the past few years.
"We are aware of the fact that it isn't the priority it once was," says Reed.
Roger Bearup, Curriculum Coordinator for Lowell Area Schools says the dwindling of script-like writing is a sign of the times.
"I still feel like cursive writing is an important skill to have, however, with that being said, we don't spend the same amount of time teaching cursive that we once did, " says Bearup, "Now the focus of the common core is more on the purpose of writing, the organization, the structure of writing and the way the kids communicate through that writing."
While Bearup still sees the importance of keeping this "old-school" style of writing in the curriculum, technology in and out of schools is the wave of the future, that may eventually wash cursive writing out of the classroom.
By Tara Kuhnlein