Indiana Senator Jean Leising has introduced a bill to the state senate that would require all Indiana school corporations to include teaching cursive in their curriculums.
The bill (actually one of the shortest bills I’ve seen in my time covering education) adds cursive writing to a list of other language arts areas that must be taught in Indiana schools, including English, grammar, composition, speech and second languages.
According to Indiana’s site, SB 120 had its first reading Monday, Jan. 7, and was referred to the Committee on Education and Career Development. A fiscal impact statement done by the state says that including cursive in curriculum shouldn’t require additional funding, but that the time to teach cursive may replace something else currently being taught.
Cursive had been required in schools until summer 2011, when the state left it up to individual schools to decide. Even TIME’s NewsFeed had input on that decision.
I’ve blogged about cursive and handwriting in schools before and it’s a subject plenty of people feel passionatly about. What do you think about cursive in schools? Should it be required?
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