Hello everyone! Here in Alberta handwriting is still taught in schools. As a result of this fact, there is a debate that my wife and I get into fairly regularly about the need for being educated in handwriting (cursive writing). She is against the mandatory learning of it, stating that it is an outdated form of communication in our digital age (my jazzed up version of her words). I disagree stating it is a vital part of the world's history and if anyone wishes to work with anything in the past, they will need to know how to read the writing (recognition comes with the knowledge of how to write it). This is just one very small example of our arguments on the matter. I should throw in here a tad bit of background information that will better explain our positions. My wife grew up in a wealthy family, and did all her schoolwork on a computer. I, on the other hand, came from a middle class family that didn't really have much in the way of modern electronics. When I was finishing up elementary school in the 1990's we owned a word processor, but before that we worked on typewriters, or (as I preferred) did all writing by hand. I still prefer the hand written piece over a computer printed one. So with that in mind, I turn to you and ask your opinion on the matter. Do you think that it is important for kids to learn how to handwrite in addition to learning computer skills? EDIT: I just want to mention that I mean no ill-will towards one side or the other. It is a topic that my wife and I have good clean debates on, and so I thought I'd present it here.