Idaho Senate clears cursive handwriting requirement

cursiveThe Idaho Senate has given final legislative approval to a measure directing the state Board of Education to develop rules requiring cursive handwriting be taught in grade schools.

Sen. Bob Nonini of Coeur d’Alene espoused cursive’s merits, not only as an art form that lets people express their individuality but also as an important tool in the cognitive development of children.

The issue arose in Idaho because it’s among 45 states due to adopt national curriculum guidelines in 2014 that require computer keyboarding by the time pupils exit elementary school – but not cursive handwriting.

The bill has already passed the House and is on its way to the governor’s desk.  (AP)

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