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Should Coding Replace Cursive Writing?

In the time it takes to teach the average second- or third-grade student how to write in cursive, they could learn the building blocks of coding — drag and drop, cause and effect programs — that would better prepare them for the future. Such is the argument of executives from top tech companies like Apple, Yahoo!, Google, Disney, and Facebook, as well as President Barack Obama, Ashton Kutcher, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

For this year's Computer Science Education Week, top tech companies have joined together with the nonprofit Code.org for the Hour of Code initiative, encouraging kids to spend one hour this week — at any particular time — learning how to program. The initiative already has five million students committed to participate at 33,000 schools in 166 countries. And for those who need a bit more structure, Apple is hosting free workshops at its retail stores, today, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m to "demystify code" for elementary-school students and teenagers.

With the removal of cursive writing instruction from the Common Core education standards, which was adopted by 45 states, parents and executives argue that this time should be spent teaching kids to code and giving them a leg up on their futures. Do you agree? Or should cursive remain in the curriculum?

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