21st Century Handwriting Summit



Print handwriting has taken the world by storm. The majority of people use cursive for only one purpose, signatures. But new research shows why cursive handwriting is still relevant. But how does it fit into the Common Core State Standards? Join us on this hour of “All Sides” as we explore that issue and more.


  • Jane Case-Smith (Occupational Therapy Professor, Ohio State)
  • Anne Trubek (English Professor, Oberlin College)
  • Steve Graham (Literacy Professor, Vanderbilt University)

NOTE: This is a repeated segment of “All Sides” that originally aired on Jan. 17, 2012.

Join The Conversation

  • Vicky Madden Bonillas

    I currently teach college composition at two local Cleveland area colleges. This past summer I had the opportunity to teach in a summer program for Cleveland high school students. When asked what they hoped to learn during the summer course in English, almost every students (Freshman to Seniors) stated that they wanted to learn to write in cursive handwriting. Not only do they feel that they have missed out on a crucial part of their education, but they were unable to read what I wrote on the board or on their writing assignments in cursive. Of course, I altered my comments to these students and printed once I understood the problem. This topic goes beyond the current high school or college classroom, though. So much of our history is written in cursive. By deliberately not teaching our current students cursive handwriting (for the past 10 years in Cleveland), I feel that we are shutting them off from history. I have worked in 2nd grade classrooms. The small amount of time it takes to teach this skill at this young age is not substantial enough to eliminate it (or argue over it). I’ve heard it directly from the students themselves. They feel cheated!