Don't get me wrong, I think it should only be taught long enough to show it can be written and read by the student. I don't see all the penmanship and such of 50+ years ago being necessary. And I do see a day, long down the road yet, perhaps another fifty or one hundred years, when cursive could be offered as an elective at Jr. High level or something instead of required.
I don't want to see these children become adults who can't read the family Bible entries. That can't read the letters grandpa wrote grandma in WWII. Who can't research old records and documents and find information and wonders.