"Theyâ??re interested Iâ??m telling you, once I say cursive, everyone just stops, and they love to follow along and not only that, with our big letters, with our capital letters, our words here are all countries and continents, so I incorporate it with my social studies, like Mexico, what continent is that, and also with our word wall words, later on we will be writing our word wall words," she said."Just like with various forms of print cursive handwriting is also a form of print, a form of communication, and so itâ??s one of our goals for our teachers to at least give students a chance to practice it, but itâ??s during very natural times of the day," Williams said.In the Fairfield Community School District, cursive is still in the curriculum.
"Until I can verify that weâ??re at 100 percent digital, and I can verify that every student and every family has a keyboard at home, and theyâ??re connected to the internet, for me itâ??s still a matter of empowering our kids and equipping them with the skills that they need, and right now in 2014, that means that they need to know how to write in cursive, and they need to know how to keyboard," Marci Dunlap, FCSD curriculum director said.While Wilson Elementary still exposes students to cursive now, they continue to think about the future."What we're asking kids to do and to show what they know is much more complex and much more rigorous today than it has been in the past and so we have to ask ourselves, how much time do we want to devote to cursive writing which may or may not be something that students are gonna use in their future," Williams said.