Should children be required to learn cursive?
A New Jersey legislature says that. Rep. Angela McKnight introduced a bill that would require elementary schools to teach children to read and write in the graceful, flowing bonds taught to previous generations as a natural matter.
You remember cursive. This is what we use to sign our names on, say, a check or other legal document. It has fallen into disuse in the digital age even though it was dropped from Common Core standards in 2010.
Since then, many schools have failed to teach it, say New Jersey Assembly Democrats.
"In some cases, children are entering high school not knowing how to sign their own name in cursive," McKnight (D-Hudson) said in a statement. "We are doing our children a disservice, not teaching them a vital skill they need for the rest of their lives."
California, Texas, North Carolina, and other states moved to encourage cursive in the last years.
"Our world has become increasingly technology-dependent, but how will our students know how to read a scripted font in a Word document or even sign the back of a check if they never learn to read and write in cursive letters?" McKnight said.
Even in the days of text messaging, some research shows that cursive can still improve cognitive development, spelling, and writing speed.
"In cursive writing, the word becomes a unit rather than a series of separate dashes, and the correct spelling is more likely to be retained," says the International Dyslexia Association. "The Declaration of Independence and many other important archival documents are written in cursive. It is more difficult to forge a cursive signature than a printed one."
Research also shows that we have learned more by taking notes by hand compared to noting, say, a laptop.
"Knowing how to write in cursive is not just about writing grandma thank you cards – research suggests it can also improve children's reading and writing skills," says the publisher. School.
The bill was introduced in the state legislature last month and is being referred to the education committee for review.