An interesting debate and one I have had with parents from Italy, Germany and the US in particular. Some students are made to learn proper cursive at home. In Germany, some students even start cursive alongside block.
And then I came across this post on Livejournal yesterday: ” As a result, he follows every activity with confident and writes both cursive and block writing clearly enough (yeah, the French education system teaches cursive writing in CP/first grade). ”
I was surprised to see what early age they start. In Italy, children start to write in CAPITALS and then move into cursive in second or third grade. Their handwriting is often quite hard to read. I also find the handwriting of a Spanish/Italian girl in my class who went to school in France, really hard to read.
Nevertheless, the debate about handwriting is on-going. At our school the policy states no particular style, we encourage the Nelson Handwriting Scheme and teach the joint writing accordingly. However, we do not have handwriting lessons, it is integrated especially in the older years.
What do your schools do? To cursive or not to cursive?