Last week, elementary school students returned to the classroom in Archdale, N.C., with a new subject on the mandatory agenda: cursive writing. It’s a debate that has been simmering among experts, parents  andteachers  all summer, with some arguing that, in a digital age, mandatory cursive instruction is a step backwards while others believe it’s a long-held cultural tradition worth preserving.
Signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in June, the State’s “Back to Basics” bill  requires all North Carolina public schools to teach cursive (as well as memorization of the multiplication tables), and that students are able to create “readable documents” in “legible cursive handwriting” by the end of fifth grade. The nationalCommon Core Standards  do not include handwriting, so the 45 states that have adopted the curriculum so far are free to pass legislation that requires cursive.
Learning cursive writing: Is it worthwile or a waste of time? - http://www.today.com/moms/learning-cursive-writing-it-worthwhile-or-wasted-time-8C11045379 
Where do you stand on the issue? Is it worthwhile for students to learn cursive handwriting?