In my forensics class we are currently analyzing handwriting characteristics. Every year when I teach this topic I am reminded that not everyone learns how to write (and thus read) cursive script. Part of my lesson today is reviewing the cursive alphabet so that my students can participate in the activities to follow.
This is an ongoing debate in education circles. Many schools no longer teach cursive handwriting and I think it is a shame. As with higher level math (algebra) and other more advanced education topics, I think schools should continue teaching cursive. Whether a person ever uses it again should be up to the individual, or their life circumstances.
The argument can be made that cursive is becoming unnecessary in our increasingly text-based world, however there are plenty of things that we teach that are not always used later in life. I think this is part of the education process, teaching holistically to create well rounded individuals, as opposed to teaching to a test or making cookie cutter graduates.
One of the areas where schools excel in this are the arts. Perhaps this is why I incorporate so many drawings, diagrams, and visuals in my own instruction and assignments. I know that it has been a learning experience for me when I purchased fountain pens a month ago, and I had to start writing fully in cursive again while using them.