If schools are permitted to teach a pre-cursive alphabet from the outset, this conversation is happily re-directed into one about quality time. Look at the DeNelian alphabet, which many educators prefer. It starts students with fluid adult movements. It completely avoids the difficulty of those b's and d's, p's & q's that were introduced artificially a century ago (remember making letters with ball and bat?). It then becomes cursive at a natural pace, with only a little prompting from the teacher, and sufficient time to write in either stage.
Parents, teach this to your children yourself, and encourage the schools do it as well.