Many argue that because the world is becoming progressively digital, children should not be required to learn cursive. But while most of what children are required to read and write can be accomplished through a screen or keyboard, some disagree.
Washington State Senator Pam Roach (R) has sponsored a bill that would bring back mandatory cursive writing in public schools in her state. She has bi-partisan support in the legislature, and from her constituents. Roach explains:
“Part of being an American is being able to read cursive writing. If children are not taught cursive they can’t read historic documents written in cursive.”
She says that constituents have complained that their children can’t read letters from their own grandparents. But the Washington State superintendent, Randy Dorn, believes that students need to focus on keyboarding classes and computer literacy.
The removal of cursive as a mandatory element has been tied to the adoption of Common Core, which demands keyboarding lessons but makes no mention of a penmanship requirement. But some states are already going back to cursive.
As of the 2015-2016 school year, the following states had returned to a curriculum that includes cursive:
- North Carolina
One school district in Ohio got around curriculum difficulties by introducing cursive writing as part of an art class.