Casper Teachers Keep the Cursive Writing Style Alive

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Fewer teachers are teaching cursive handwriting.

However, there’s one school where teachers are keeping the traditional style alive.

As many of us say the, "pen is mightier than the sword" or in this case: pencils.

It's a way teachers at Fort Caspar Academy are keeping cursive handwriting alive.

"We do see it as important."

Nowadays, fewer teachers help kids develop cursive writing skills.

According to a "Really Good Stuff Incorporated Stuff" report, 41% of nearly 612 elementary schools surveyed nationwide no longer use cursive writing.

In many cases, school districts or states don't have requirements for it.

"That's why some places you don't see that taught anymore. It's not required that students learn cursive, but we see it as an important essential piece of learning," said Rick Edwards, the Fort Caspar Academy Principal.

In the Natrona County School District there are no set policies for teaching cursive.

And the decision is completely up to the teachers.

Edwards believes it's been proven useful at his school.

"Our students are taught to use language arts by how they work on their penmanship, how they listen, and think and speak as well as their reading and writing."

One teacher even says cursive writing helps her students beyond the classroom by understanding historical writing, and other important text.

"Family documents that are written in cursive and to be able to write and read in cursive, it still has some value," said Joni Bunce, a Fort Caspar teacher.

All Fort Caspar students learn cursive starting in second grade.

"By fourth or fifth grade, it's mandatory for them to fully incorporate it into their learning. Edwards even says cursive is a deciding factor for many families and their kids' education."

"Our families that come to Fort Caspar Academy really want to see some of those traditional things kept on the forefront."

Cursive writing may be a dying trend, but educators in many places notice a renaissance.

12 different state delegations passed laws making cursive mandatory in their school settings.

Teachers attribute part of the cursive decline from the increasing use of computers and typing classes.

Crest Hill Elementary is another school in Casper with teachers developing students' cursive handwriting skills.