A 7-year-old girl named Alyssa got in trouble in school and the reason why is pretty baffling. Alyssa turned in a homework assignment about vowels and received a pretty harsh note from her teacher, written in red ink: “Stop writing your name in cursive. You have had several warnings.” A photo of the homework circulated on Facebook, posted by family friend, Brenda Hatcher.

Brenda explained: “Not only is her mother a military veteran but, she took the time to teach her very young child how to write in cursive… This is her teacher’s response… What is wrong with today’s school system/society???”

Have elementary schools stopped teaching cursive? Why did the child get into trouble for writing her name? While there was no further explanation about why the cursive was an issue, you can bet there were plenty of responses to the photo.

Alyssa’s mom, Gail Varney, responded to the post, writing: “I emailed her teacher and CC’d the principal along with a picture of it. Still waiting on a response.”

Hatcher further noted, however:

“The teacher claims she can’t write in cursive because the other students don’t know how to do that yet.”

One commenter weighed in with this explanation for the teacher’s note:

“1. Kids need to learn to follow directions. I understand all kids don’t learn the same but when you are told to print your name you print your name. When you are told to sign your name. Then you sign it. This is common sense. If someone scribbled some cursive on a job application where it says to print name I would throw it out. They obviously can’t follow simple direction.

2. The teacher is asking nicely to please print. This isn’t the first time obviously. So once again the kid isn’t punished. They are just being asked to do what they are told.

3. Why does it matter one bit of her mom is in the military?! I’m in the military and we are taught to print at all times and use all uppercase in our writing. Is this kid supposed to be able to do what she wants cause her mom is military. If this was sent home on my kid’s paper I’d ask them why the hell they don’t want to listen to the teacher. Stop bashing a teacher who is teaching kids to follow directions. Start holding people and kids accountable for their actions rather then try and victimize every kid that doesn’t get their way.”

Another commenter responded:

“I don’t know all the details of this. The only thing I see is a teacher giving specific direction to a student. It’s possible this student will be taught cursive by this same teacher and would like the student to learn from the teacher. I think it’s great the mother taught her daughter cursive. The simple fact still remains that the teacher did make it clear to not write in cursive.”

And a teacher weighed in with this perspective:

“Had many students who were taught cursive at home, then we had to reteach. Follow directions.”

Do you still write in cursive? Do you think it’s becoming a lost art form?