So I got my answer today about cursive writing. A teacher in the City school district told me they do not teach it anymore...No more lined paper and forming perfect letters...
No more notes on Christmas cards or love notes or heartfelt expressions of grief and regret on paper...It's all text messages and emails.
At the risk of sounding overly fossil-like, I am saddened at the loss of this form of expression.
It must have happened very recently as friends I asked about it in their mid 20s all were taught it, and a source says its still taught in parochial schools. Of course they have that tradition of monks as scribes.