IL Bill Would Bring Back Cursive Writing

A bill in Illinois would bring back a mandate that schools teach cursive writing. The style of penmanship has not been mandated in Illinois schools for years.

Some lawmakers believe elementary students aren't learning all the materials they will need in the future.

Supporters believe if children don't know how to write it, they won't know how to read it.

State Rep. Sue Scherer said, “They need to at least be able to get their way through it. I mean how are they going to sign their name. I don't think it's a good idea for someone to print their name. I think it's good to do your name in cursive – your signature.”

Critics of the bill argued cursive is no longer needed because of how technology is evolving.


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