Handwriting is losing its importance in this world. With all of the computers, smart phones, tablets and other pieces of technology, is making handwriting obsolete. While kids will need to learn how to right by hand, it is not as important as before when there was not as much technology.
In the third grade I spent a LOT of time learning the proper way to write letters and words in cursive. Since that time, the only words I have ever written in cursive are my first and last name and I would imagine that's exactly the same amount of cursive that anyone reading this has done. It's archaic, unnecessary, and a waste of time.