The BoyChild had his IEP yesterday. While I had what felt like the entire school staff sitting in front of me (his teacher, occupational therapist, school psychologist, speech therapist, APE teacher, and SDC teacher) I asked if the school teaches cursive.
EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of them let out a kind of sigh and said "yes, for now." I asked their opinion of it, and just as I have been stating I got a lot of "it's outdated" "unneccessary" and "waste of time" ... The OT said that most kids don't even need to learn it in order to read it because most of the letters are similar enough that it makes sense. She said that they would rather spend the time on keyboarding skills, but that it's in the curriculum so they're required to at least "teach" it a bit. However, once they've gone through it, they don't ever really mention it again, allowing students to make up their own minds on how they'd like to write.
She ALSO said that she thought it would be a colossal waste of time for my son, and that when he hits 3rd grade (when they start teaching it) that they'll discuss it with the teacher and allow him to use that time on the computers practicing his typing and keyboarding skills.
I'm so grateful that my son has the opportunity to attend a public school that holds very high ranking and a regular place on the CA Distinguished Schools list. I'm extra grateful that the staff of the school understands the needs of the real world, and is embracing those needs instead of sticking with a "what we've always done, how we've always done it, because that's the way it's done" kind of attitude.