Is cursive instruction worth valuable lesson time?

Educators say that young students spend less than 10 minutes each day learning about penmanship, including cursive, which has all but disappeared from classrooms as teachers fill class time preparing for mandatory state exams and teaching students about new technology. "Nowadays, parents would be pretty upset if we sent kids to handwriting camp," said Carl Brown, principal of Manatee Elementary in Viera, Fla. "Kids just don't write letters now. They send e-mails or text messages. ... A lot of those old ways are going away. How many bills do you pay by writing a check anymore?"

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