You know the feeling when you are forced to do something, only to later find out that it is useless? It is a common feeling, and one thing that causes it is cursive and letter writing. Schools across the USA are debating whether or not they should continue to teach cursive writing. 41 states have made the intelligent decision to remove cursive writing from the curriculum. Although cursive and letter writing convey more emotion, they do not have value in today’s schools because it takes time away from more important subjects, schools should focus on computer programming rather than cursive, and it is outdated. First, a reason that cursive does not have value in today’s schools is because it takes time away from more important subjects. Students should not be wasting their time learning cursive writing when they can be learning tools to help them succeed in life. According to the article “Is It Time For Cursive To Die” by Lauren Tarshis “Schools are under enormous pressure to help students develop the math and reading skills they need to succeed on tests and in college”(20). There already is too much pressure on schools to teach kids vital subjects. However, having to teach cursive writing detracts from the goal of teaching students these skills because it wastes time. If cursive wasn’t taught, there would be more time for the vital subjects. Furthermore, another reason that cursive should not be taught in today’s schools is because schools should focus on computer programming rather than cursive. The time used to teach cursive could be used to learn this skill, which is much more modern and useful. According to the article, “Perhaps the time once devoted to cursive should be spent learning to ‘read’ and ‘write’ computer languages”(Tarshis 20). Reading and writing cursive will not help you in the real world. However, computer programming is a skill that can allow people to pursue a very successful career. For example, Mark Zuckerberg was a computer programmer, and he created Facebook, so now he is a billionaire. The time spent learning a skill that will get you nowhere should be replaced with a skill that can make you a billionaire. Although cursive writing and letters show more emotion than texts and emails, cursive writing does not have value in today’s schools because it is outdated. While knowing how to write cursive conveys more emotion that typing, typing is a modern form of communication that is used in today’s society. According to the article “Why I keep my letters” by Nina Sankovitch,”But these 10-character messages aren’t enough to salve how much I miss him” (21). Although this may be true in some cases, people don’t have time in today’s busy world to write letters. 10 character messages get the point across in a time efficient manner for today’s society. Though one can convey more emotion through a letter, it takes up too much time in today’s society. In conclusion, although one can show more emotion through cursive and letter writing, it is not a valued skill for today’s schools to teach because it hogs up time away from vital subjects, computer programming is a better alternative, and it doesn’t have a place in today’s society. Schools should make the intelligent choice and stop wasting their time teaching cursive writing. Would you want to be sitting down, learning a completely useless way to write? Of course not, so this generation should be the generation to stop learning cursive.