When handwritten essays were introduced on the SAT exams for the class of 2006, just 15 percent of the almost 1.5 million students wrote their answers in cursive. The rest? They printed. Block letters.
(Sorry that this is a US example. I'm not picking on the US, I just don't have the figures to hand for any other country.)
I assume by 'cursive' they mean any joined-up handwriting, as it is given as an alternative to block letter, though I use cursive to mean a particular type of handwriting.
I learned 'joined up writing' from age 6 or 7. It's quicker than block printing separate letters. While I type all official stuff, I make notes all day every day in handwriting. Is it really dying out, like copperplate did? My impression from a quick overview of the comments on metafilter is that people can't either read or write handwriting. I am astonished.
Do you know how to write joined up? Do you hand-write much in everyday life? Can you read joined-up handwriting? Until now I thought literally everyone did.