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A comeback for cursive? More states encouraging penmanship in school

The Christian Science Monitor – Gretel Kauffman

“Cursive, the art of penmanship cast aside in recent years as schools increasingly focus on keyboarding, may be getting a second act. Last year, Alabama and Louisiana became the latest of 14 states to pass laws requiring cursive proficiency in public schools. And in the fall, New York City Schools – the country’s largest school district, with 1.1 million students – encouraged teaching cursive to elementary school students. As we as a society find ourselves relying more and more on computers, cell phones, and other forms of technology to communicate and express ourselves, many educators have declared cursive an unnecessary skill. In 2010, most states adopted the Common Core curriculum standards, which don’t mention handwriting.”(more)

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