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School district debates cursive handwriting

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 16:19:33-04

It's hard to come by a handwritten note these days, and seeing something written in cursive may be even more rare.

Some Rochester schools are debating whether or not students should be required to learn how to write in cursive, according to CNN.

The president of the Greece Teachers Association, Jason Cooney, told CNN he can't remember cursive ever being part of the curriculum.

"I'm a Greece graduate, Greece teacher and Greece parent," Cooney said. "I don't know that it's ever been mandatory. I remember learning cursive with my mom. I don't remember learning it in second grade or something."

CNN says some school districts, like Greece, are considering getting rid of cursive completely in order to focus on common core requirements.

According to Cooney, there is a bigger focus on math, science and social studies.

"Schools can certainly reinforce those things, but i don't think it's something that can be a part of the day to day curriculum," said Cooney. "There's just not enough time with everything else that's been put on the teacher's plate."

The Greece Board of Education says it will meet Thursday to decide if and how the curriculum can be balanced to include cursive instruction with the common core standard, according to CNN.

Matthew Frahm, the superintendent of the Naples Central School District, told CNN the Naples schools still teach cursive, but it has changed, focusing more on typing in elementary school, but still teaching cursive in second grade.

The Naples school district feels cursive is something every student should learn. Research even shows an improvement in overall brain function when students learn how to write in cursive, according to CNN.

"It's really important for hand-eye coordination, for dexterity," said Frahm. "The teaching of cursive really helps the hand writing process."

Frahm told CNN the Naples School District really sees cursive as an important tradition.

"We all remember signing our names when we took the SATs," Frahm said. "And we look at the Declaration of Independence and look at the signatures at the end of that document."