Indy Star reports that Senator Jean Leising and her cosponsor Mike Delph are filing a bill to bring the instruction of cursive writing back to Indiana schools, but it's unlikely to go anywhere.
To be frank, it shouldn't. I've written on this subject here before on the blog, and my mind hasn't changed. It's much more important to give the 21st century student keyboarding skills at a young age than forcing them to practice the proper curly "q" on the letter D.
According to the Star, 46 states have adopted the common core curriculum which doesn't force schools to drop cursive instruction but allows schools to substitute other instruction instead of cursive. Leising is concerned that students won't be able to read cursive if they don't learn it. It's a valid point, but I can't honestly remember the last time I saw a student write in cursive in my class. I think the ship has sailed on this one. If you write in cursive, you're officially "old school" like me.
It's another attempt for the state to mandate something a local school district can decide for itself. I honestly don't think this rises to the level of something that needs to happen in our schools.
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