Children First: Importance of handwriting in school - KOTA Territory News

Children First: Importance of handwriting in school


Remember tracing letters and perfecting cursive writing? It was a must for most of us.

But with the infusion of technology in the classroom these days, is handwriting less important?

While cursive isn't being forced on students in the Rapid City School District after they learn it in the third grade, some classrooms still focus on writing legibly (which can be print). Dr. Tim Mitchell, superintendent of the Rapid City School District, says handwriting is still an important skill. "We all have to write, and we have to do so in a way that people can read and understand it, and so forth," said Mitchell. "And so we still have to emphasize the basics of written and oral communication and also knowing that now you have computers and word processing."

Mitchell says you can go into any classroom starting with kindergarten and see students using technology to learn –  but basic handwriting is considered necessary because it's used everyday.


Forty–five states, including South Dakota and Wyoming, but not Nebraska, have adopted the Common Core educational standards. These standards do not include cursive writing instruction.

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