published Monday, March 10th, 2014

Tennessee may require students to learn cursive

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Should students be required to learn cursive?

Cursive handwriting might be a dying art, but a measure before the Tennessee House of Representatives attempts to save it in an era of keyboards and keypads. House Bill 1697 would require all public school students in Tennessee to learn how to read and write in cursive, preferably around the third grade.

State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, authored the bill after being told by parents and teachers that kids today couldn’t read their handwritten notes. Butt frets that the day may come when Tennesseans will no longer be able to sign their names legibly or read the Bill of Rights in its original form.

The House is scheduled to vote on the legislation tonight. Action on a companion bill filed in the Senate has been delayed until next week.

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