I was taught handwriting at school from kindergarten to grade 5, both print and cursive. My handwriting, both print and cursive, is neat and legible - though my style in cursive is very loopy and I prefer to use the old-fashioned s's meaning some people do struggle if they're not used to it. At school, we can bring our own but are not supplied with laptops and most of our work is still done by hand in books (although that's changing very quickly at the moment.) Most of the kids at my school have very good handwriting. All of our tests are done by hand so we can all write quickly as well as neatly.
However, my friend who goes to a different school where they use laptops for pretty much everything says she's really noticed her handwriting going down the drain once they stopped writing. In my opinion, this is a shame because I think writing is important and an art, and also handwritten things are just more special than an email.
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