7 months into my daughter's first grade the board of education decided that it's enough learning how to read and write in print letters, it's time to switch to handwriting. Now, it all sounds good but, things have changed. We now read and write more and more in our computers or our smart phones and less with a pen and paper. So it seems to me that it becomes less important (not redundant of course) to learn how to read and write the handwriting style.
Just a thought.