New York is one of 48 states that has adopted the Common Core Standards for Education. Teaching cursive isn't required, "each district or state starts to draw on what does that look like, in New York state," explained Murphy, "and then each district then says okay what does the state say and how do we make that relevant to our children."
Some students may never lean the strokes to create script letters and that can spell trouble, "there's a lot of assignments due in my classes that deal with cursive," explained Luther Smart, a 10th grade student who has trouble writing in cursive, "I just make the best of it." Leeland Smart who also has trouble with cursive added, "most of the stuff that's in the work force they want you to write in cursive."
At Saint Rita School in Webster students spend time every day practicing the loops and lines of cursive. They're required to write in cursive for assignments until sixth grade, "my theory is if they would really make themselves do cursive and keep writing they'd find that that is really faster," explained Katherine Ann Rappl, the principal at Saint Rita, "because you don't pick your pen up."
All that time spent painstakingly practicing is often thrown to the wayside and cursive may become a lost art, "I think when I said some of those graduates are proud that they know cursive, in my heart, I think they still print in their notebooks," explained Rappl.
Leaving a generation of printer and kids who may never learn how to sign their own names.