Answer: Well, yes, kinda, sorta.
- There's an education expert who uses "impact" as a verb and says he personally doesn't use it, so it sure is dead.
- An archivist who doesn't want it to disappear.
- An occupational therapist that says brain science (true!) shows that it helps develop portions of the brain.
- A handwriting expert that says a hybrid works just as well.
- Pro: It helps with brain development, and it reaps a more useful benefit than Baby Einstein videos.
- Con: On the other hand, teachers have enough to do. I'm not in the K-12 trenches, so I'm not sure that I get a vote.
- Pro: As far as cursive becomes elective in the schools, it'll become a status marker, like languages or other such "useless" knowledge. The ruling class will know it, and by those markers will know each other. The grimy proles like the rest of us will not. If we are working on increasing class stratification in this country by educational methods as well as by redistributing wealth to the top 1%, this is just another step in the process.
- Addendum: I am still befuddled by how hard this culture says it works to develop everyone's brainpower and potential yet how loudly it howls whenever anyone is asked to do anything but the bare minimum of learning, saying that people are learning "frills." Since when can learning anything not about the Kardashians be considered a frill?
- Con: The argument "we haz the shiny things now and we type instead of write" doesn't cut much ice if you need to handwrite something, but that can be taken care of by printing, mostly.
Conclusion: I like cursive handwriting aesthetically and intellectually, but I can't make a case that everyone needs to know it or teach it. They do need to know how to read it, though, which one of the experts says can be done in one hour with no followup.