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Indiana Senate backs cursive writing requirement

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Indiana's schools would be required to teach cursive writing under a bill approved by the state Senate.

Senators voted 36-13 Tuesday in favor of the proposal despite arguments from some senators that it represents an unwarranted mandate from the state on local school districts.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jean Leising of Oldenburg says she believes it's important that all children learn cursive writing even though the Indiana Department of Education in 2011 dropped it as a requirement in favor of one on student proficiency in keyboard use.

Leising says five other state legislatures have adopted similar cursive writing requirements.

The bill now goes to the House, which didn't act last year on a similar proposal that the Senate approved.

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  • foot shot
    Cursive is a COMPLETE waste of time. Even when we write on tablet devices they will not recognize cursive but can recognize printed handwriting. I hope the House is wiser.
  • Time for some in Indiana to Evolve
    Indiana government is filled with dinosaurs. Only they would care about this issue. Well them and maybe Grandmas. I guess, in celebration 1000 Grandmas probably rejoiced & then slowly wrote a check in the express lane somewhere.
  • What are the other states?
    I wonder what the five other states are? Let me take a wild guess....Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Arkansas & South Carolina.
  • We don't need no stinkin' cursive...
    Does this mean I can begin signing my name with an "X" instead of a real signature???
  • Jumping off a cliff
    "Leising says five other state legislatures have adopted similar cursive writing requirements." That settles it! If others are doing it we should too. I would like to hear a rational argument made as to what benefit this is to a child in the 21st century (other than signing your name).
  • Permanence
    With the exception of adding new pavement at every opportunity, everything must remain exactly the same as it always has been. All other change is an implicit and unacceptable criticism of the past.

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