(Oldenburg, Ind.) – Even in the age of e-mail and e-readers, cursive writing is still important enough that it should be a requirement for Indiana’s students, say some Indiana lawmakers.
By removing the subject from its Common Core Standards earlier this year, the Indiana Department of Education gave local school districts the ability to decide whether cursive writing is taught to students.
According to the Associated Press, State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) and Sen. Tim Skinner (D-Terre Haute) said they were horrified and appalled when they found out the state no longer requires cursive writing.
The two lawmakers said they plan to submit bills during the 2012 session that would make cursive a requirement by law.
"It's a very simple bill that says that Indiana still has to teach cursive," Leising said, adding that students wouldn't be able to read the original version of the Constitution if they could not understand cursive.