A Potential New Law Would Require Students To Learn Cursive
A New Jersey lawmaker is sponsoring a new bill that is finally bringing back a traditional method of learning how to write in the elementary classroom.
Angela McKnight's bill would require students to learn cursive handwriting by the end of third grade. CNN reports that cursive has fallen to the wayside due to the rapid development of technology. McKnight states in the article," 'In some cases, children are entering middle school without knowing how to sign their own names in cursive. We are doing our children a disservice by not teaching them a vital skill they will need for the rest of their lives.' "
One of the reasons why McKnight is pushing for this bill is due to the cognitive benefits cursive handwriting offers children, specifically for students with dyslexia. In the article from CNN, the International Dyslexia Association states, " 'When writing cursive, the word becomes a unit, rather than a series of separate strokes, and correct spelling is more likely to be retained.' "
People who tend to write their notes rather than type them learn more as well. Click here to see what the new bill Includes as well as about other states that may be advocating for formal cursive handwriting instruction in the future.
Sources: CNN, International Dyslexia Association