Have We Written Off Cursive?

More and more schools are simply NOT teaching cursive.  On one hand it does seem like trying to teach everybody calligraphy--but seems just wrong not to encourage young people to understand--and communicate in--this time-honored style. What do YOU think?  

I'd also like to know: can YOU write in cursive?  I'd love to see a sample: please scan and send to: jimohara@wllr.com. Thanks!  Below is my attempt today to write in cursive---I think I have printed since I left high school.