Found this on Plott Hound
“Cursive handwriting, once a standard part of the three R’s in elementary school, is no longer required to be taught in North Carolina.
The death of cursive instruction is linked to the national common core standards that North Carolina and 44 other states have adopted to standardize educational goals nationwide. The state leaves the decision on whether to teach cursive up to local school systems.
“We spend a lot more time in the computer lab, so they’re learning (Microsoft) Word and word-processing as opposed to cursive handwriting,” Lynn Dingwell, a third-grade teacher at Ed Baldwin Elementary School in Hope Mills, said Monday.
The only cursive to be found in Dingwell’s classroom was on a how-to poster, with each stroke numbered as if teaching a dance.”
“Michael Smith, a communications professor at Campbell University, said there’s more to cursive than elegance, and he fears that students’ cognitive skills will be less developed without it.”