Recently there was an excellent article in the New York Times: What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades.
If you are concerned about handwriting instruction, take care with what they say about cursive. Read, listen and view everything thoughtfully, analytically. The NYT article is frequently misquoted elsewhere, including Time magazine, to indicate support for conventional cursive instruction. So far NO research has been done to prove any method of writing by hand is better than any other.
If you have visited here before you know I believe that the italic method is best, but I can only relate my experience, I cannot prove its superiority.