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Indiana Students Could Be Required to Learn Cursive Writing Again


Cursive writing could be making a resurgence inside the Indiana classroom.

That is because Hoosier lawmakers recently introduced a bill that, if passed, would make it mandatory for all public school districts and accredited private elementary schools to teach cursive as part of their curriculum.

In 2011, the Indiana Department of Education eliminated cursive writing requirements due to belief that students were now more challenged in becoming proficient in their use of the computer keyboard rather than the dying art of the cursive form.

Earlier this week, the state Senate’s education committee was expected to conduct a hearing on the proposed cursive writing bill, led by Republican Senator Jean Leising.

It is predicted that the bill will be met with some strong, initial support, but Hoosier children will not likely be back to studying cursive again anytime in the near future. A similar bill was passed last year, but was not greeted with much enthusiasm in the House.

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