I teach language arts and have wondered about this question for a while. Is it important for 7th and 8th graders to use cursive instead of printing? I can't believe the number of kids who do not know how to write in cursive. I think they need to know how to write but another teacher said not to worry about it, just let them print. It doesn't matter on daily work but on projects or reports I expect them to use cursive and write in pen.