I think I'll stick to clothing. The ones you don't want to see would out weigh the ones you would. I think parents, and school boards, decide this. We need to identify when something is out of synch and needs to be changed. I think that if someone went into a field of study where cursive could be relevant that it would be a good elective for them. At this point though even if they spent a total of 30 hours, 1 a day for 30 days, that's still time that could be used to do something else. I don't know what grade year you're talking about so I can't comment on if they were beneficial or not. If you're talking k-5 then it was probably fun time to break up the day. If it was 6-12 then I can't reply as I was never required to take music, or art without it being an elective. Again I boil this down to evolution. Some would say we're becoming less educated but I disagree. Do you focus more on how the message is delivered than what the content is? If so then you miss the point. There are extremes of course but overall even people who are "educated" usually mess up punctuation due to the complexities of the rules and the changes that have happened over the years. People with a master's degree in English from the 70's is using different phrasing and terminology than today. You're a professional so it's going to be a matter of pride for you. That's to be expected. Much like the person who owns a landscaping company usually shows his talents in his lawn. People who don't pay attention won't care anyways. Every person will be different and take a sense in pride in their work just like in the past. Some people cared about their handwriting legibility and other's didn't. This is the same thing and it's the level of interest the person has that will dictate it not the tools. That's good stuff right there. Nope not at all even re-reading that made me cringe. This happens more than you probably realize every year. It's almost scare what gets changed but what is scarier is the why. I'm not that imaginative but I cannot thing of a situation where the ability to use cursive would save ones life. Learning how to navigate without GPS can easily do so. If one day we no longer have the need to move around manually then perhaps this conversation will come up at that time for navigation. With that said I can understand the argument and I think the difference here is that cursive will never go away. It will just be taught only when it's a relevant need of a course study. I don't think it will ever stopped being taught. I think it will go into an elective type class. I could see it being taught in upper history and English classes so that you could read the items in cursive without having them translated to print. At the end of the day I'd rather have my kids have that time used to reinforce or learn something else. Even if it's a small % of the time it's still something else that I feel would help them through out the rest of their education.