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Is cursive writing a dead art?

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – It was once considered the sign of a well-rounded education, the ability to pen the written word in elegant cursive writing.

In the age of the computer, cursive writing, for many, is only used for a signature, and not much else.

One Georgia school is even thinking about doing away with cursive lessons all together.

Most communication nowadays is done electronically, by email or text. Computer skills are widely taught in schools, distancing old fashioned cursive. But, teachers say it is still important.

"It's a skill that they will carry with them forever, it looks very well on resumes, when you fill out applications… Your writing portrays that you have an educated background," says English teacher Donna Cumerford.

Kids use technology to communicate and complete assignments, contributing to less pen and paper use.

Texting has become a language in itself," says Cumerford.

"To me, I have a problem with discontinuing it. I'd like to see some more studies done to see if that's what needs to take place… That's what we encourage with our students, is to be creative not only in their mind but also on paper," said Bill Bradshaw, Director of student services for Forest Park Middle school.

Kids we spoke with admit they don't use cursive much.

"It's faster, you can get what you want out real quick," says student LaChyance Baker.

Some don't even know how.

The question is whether cursive writing is an applicable skill for today's students. Teachers say it is.

"It's beautiful, and it would be a shame," said Cumerford.

After all, at some point, you'll have to know how to sign your name.

There has been no word on when the Augusta, GA school will make a decision on whether to keep or discontinue cursive writing as part of their curriculum.

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