Arkansas Legislators Order Schools To Teach Students Cursive Writing

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LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) – Cursive writing classes are set to return to Arkansas classrooms as soon as Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs a bill passed by both the House and Senate.

The Senate on Feb. 19 approved a bill requiring public schools to teach cursive to students by the end of the third grade.

The bill passed with a 30-1 vote. Sen. Bruce Maloch of Magnolia said he supports teaching cursive writing but believes it’s a matter for the Education Department, not lawmakers.

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  • Ryan

    What a waste of students’ time. They would be better off with a foreign language, computer science class, or really anything other than cursive writing.

    • pacinoguy

      I agree, Ryan. I wonder (yes, I’m a teacher) if any educators or the AEA was able to offer input into this process. This is not a positive development; Arkansas’ teachers and students already have stressful schedules, thanks to No Child Left Behind, or maniacial obsession with standardized testing, and two decades of ever-increasing curricular requirements.

  • Sean

    They could have just stopped with “Arkansas legislators order schools to teach students” and been just as effective.

  • wtf??

    so a trans kid has to live in fear and can’t feel safe in the bathroom, but by God they’ll write pretty! So pointless.

  • brought to you by the AARP lobby

    Grannies and grandpas are all this bill is about. It really does demonstrate how out of touch with reality our state lawakers are.

  • Colleen

    I’m only 31 and am excited to see this. I homeschool my children and will be teaching cursive next year. I believe it’s an important skill.

    • Jeremy Lacking

      Its an absolutely useless skill. Unless the “skill” you are referring to is the skill of learning to do things that aren’t actually important, because if your children ever work or go to college this will become essential.

  • Windsor

    While I do agree that many other things, such as a second language during elementary school, can be great additions – I have to completely disagree with most of the comments here.
    I am an Arkansas high school teacher, just past 30 yrs old(so definitely not “a grandpa”) :-)… there are several studies which show cognitive benefits to learning cursive in particular (just Google and you’ll find some)…so even if a child won’t use writing much in their future career, the skill and practice will still benefit their intelligence.
    Also, even if they won’t use cursive in particular in a future job, they definitely need to have worked on penmanship to…

    • Windsor

      …survive junior high and high school. Schools simply don’t have the resources to allow students to do much of their homework/in class note-taking electronically. The vast majority of

      written work in school(and even in a lot of undergrad classes) must be done by hand. I have many students who attempt to turn in work (as 11th and 12th graders) which is completely illegible.

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