Schools that drop teaching of cursive are committing academic malpractice.
Dr. William R. Klemm, Senior Professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University

I have written several evidence-based blog posts on the mental development value when children learn cursive (see below). There are other scholarly articles in agreement (see below.)

A major excuse that schools give for dropping cursive is that no one is trained to teach cursive and students have difficulty learning it. That excuse is no longer valid.

Linda Shrewsbury introduced me to her new program for teaching cursive, which I found to be intelligently designed and the best way I know of to teach children how to write cursive well. Based on first learning four simple pen strokes, which children of appropriate age should be able to master easily, she then shows learners how to implement these strokes for each letter of the alphabet. What could be simpler?

Post by Dr. Klemm:

Why Writing by Hand Could Make You Smarter

Biological and Psychology Benefits of learning Cursive

How Learning Cursive Might Improve Reading Efficiency and Hand-eye Coordination

Scholarly Articles:

Academic Therapy, 1976, p. 67-74; Advances in Haptics, 2010, p. 385-402; American Educator, Winter 2009-2010, p. 20-40; Psychological Science, 2014, DOI: 10.1177/0956797614524581