Teaching keyboarding is fine; it is logical; it is keeping up with the times. However, discontinuing the teaching of cursive writing is (in my opinion) a mistake.
Here are some dissenting voices:
The reason school systems give for discontinuing the practice of teaching what we used to call "real writing" or penmanship is that it is becoming obsolete. Sure it will, if everybody stops teaching kids how to do it. So will solving algebra equations and dissecting fetal pigs. Why do you think nobody can read hieroglyphics anymore? They stopped teaching it in Egyptian schools. And look what's happening over there today!
Those in favor of scratching chicken-scratch from the school curriculum of our state argue that people just don't use it anymore. They say that today's generation uses word processors and other electronic means of communication. They insist that the only thing they use cursive writing for is to sign their names on checks and other documents, and that pretty soon signatures also will be unnecessary.
excerpt from A Call to Keep Cursive Part of Public Education by Darrel Huckaby, educator, author, public speaker
Reasons to reconsider the elimination of teaching cursive (from an article in the Evansville Courier & Press:
During the conversation at Amelia's in which this topic was discussed, all of the mothers present said they would teach their own children cursive if the schools did not. Ashley, a 4th grade teacher, said she still includes it in her class despite the fact it is no longer part of the curriculum.
No one is suggesting that teaching keyboarding is a mistake. In today's world, keyboarding is a necessary skill. That does not mean that eliminating cursive is a good idea.
What do you think?