Which old witch? Cursive.
I believe I've already lamented over my hatred for the foul style of writing that is supposed to look good but come on, really doesn't. Cursive made my handwriting worse. That's a fact. Instead of the shaky, but readable print I had in third grade (a sample can be found here), it is now a mix of cursive and print that makes a doctor's notes look like the printed word.
And I was yelled at for my handwriting so...much. Time and again I was told that if it couldn't be read, it didn't count. But somehow cursive is supposed to be neat?
No. Just no. From third to fifth grade, I was taught cursive and I still can't write it or read it (at least, not universally; most of the time, I can make it out). However, it has infected my handwriting, morphing n, m, o, q, and z into cursive-like beings, and making sure all my letters are connected in some way so you can't tell if that word is "sinister" or "similar."
I envy people with nice, neat cursive loops. It is pretty, I'll give it that. But I can't replicate it and it has never helped me understand handwriting or communication like that article claims. It says that kids need to be "fluent and automatic" in their writing, as most classwork is by hand. Yeah, that's true. But why must it be in cursive? I don't understand how that particular writing style is easier than print. I was a shaky writer in elementary school, but cursive didn't help me become fluid. Constantly writing--in my own style--did. So no, I'm afraid I don't think it should be taught anymore. Let kids develop their own style. It might just be easier to read.
Teachers? Parents? Your thoughts?