Cursive isn't just a pretty script.
There's a reason it exists. In fact, there are a number of reasons. We thought we'd present the case for what we consider to be the three most important factors: ease of use, letter recognition and visual coherence.
1. Picture a child holding a crayon. What do they do? They start to scribble, with connected lines. Cursive is straightforward, while print is so punctual and truncated, making it extremely difficult for a child to master those movements. Cursive is the easiest and most natural extension of a child's movements. Cursive is the bridge...
2. With cursive, there's no confusing letters, as each letter in the alphabet is completely different. Whereas in print, a child may encounter an issue with letter recognition, mixing up b and d or p and q, in cursive, there is no problem. Close your eyes and picture a cursive b. Now picture a cursive d. Do they look the same, even when you flip them around?
3. Now, imagine yourself just starting out, attempting to writing a word. In cursive, those letters are connected, forming a whole, whereas in print, each letter is separated. With cursive, then, children who learn to read this way, transition very quickly to print, and often ahead of their peers.
Writing matters. #savingcursive