BALLWIN MISSOURI ( KTVI )- Cursive handwriting may soon be a thing of the past.
In fact, many states do not require schools to teach cursive reading or writing anymore.
Holy Infant School in Ballwin Missouri is making sure it's students understand that handwriting is important.
Many say it's just a sign of the times schools placing less emphasis on cursive and handwriting in general. At Holy Infant School it's a different story. With a stroke of a pencil and pen , cursive is still taught. But teachers worry with the national curriculum placing less emphasis on cursive handwriting , In some school districts instead of learning the skill a half hour or so a day students may get 15 minutes practice three times a week in other schools.
Many schools are focusing more on keyboarding cursive writing could be lost in the digital world.
"Technology has entered into the picture. It's like you are competing with hand writing , said Principal Sr. Rosario Delaney.
First grader Jimmy Adolphson and 7th grader Mary Baldridge have been recognized on the national level for their handwriting excellence and represent their grade level for the very best in handwriting . The students understand the benefits of this important skill. " I like handwriting, because other people can read my thoughts" said Adolphson.
"My parents are kind of old fashion. They are not big fans of like the new technology. Like Facebook or Twitter . So they think it's important students still learn how to use cursive ," said Baldridge.
"In our world of today with technology , we teach is a little bit different because it's very different than the past , so when you are teaching all of these basic skills those skills are still necessary skills for the better development and the future of the children," said Kathee Lenger, Educator .
Reachers say handwriting helps children develop in other areas, such as reading, writing, memory and critical thinking.