States fighting to save cursive handwriting

New curriculum standards are threatening traditional penmanship, and educators and lawmakers are rebelling. Under new federal educational guidelines, 45 states have halted efforts to teach cursive handwriting to students. Cursive is being abandoned as students rely increasingly on computers, tablets and other means of digital communication.

So while cursive is out, typing is in under the new Common Core curriculum standards that are being adopted nationwide.  However, the change isn’t sitting well with all teachers.  In seven states, educators and lawmakers are opposing the shift away from cursive, UPI reports.

 The idea that students would lose the ability to read cursive writing -- in which many historical documents are written -- has prompted a push to restore cursive instruction to schools in California, Indiana, Idaho, Ohio, Massachusetts, Maryland, Utah and Kansas.

One North Carolina state representative leading a legislative effort to restore cursive to the state’s curriculum discussed the issue late last month, saying, “We’re still using (cursive) in everyday things.”

The Common Core isn't abandoning handwriting altogether -- the curriculum does provide for regular block-letter writing.

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