Indiana schools no longer required to teach cursive
MERRILLVILLE – The days when Indiana’s elementary school students were required to perfect the looping script of cursive handwriting are ending.
Starting this fall, the state Department of Education will no longer require Indiana’s public schools to teach cursive writing. State officials sent school leaders a memo April 25 telling them that instead of cursive writing, students will be expected to become proficient in keyboard use.
The Times of Munster reports the memo says schools may continue to teach cursive as a local standard, or they may decide to stop teaching cursive altogether.
East Allen County Schools Superintendent Karyle Green said she didn’t find the decision surprising.
“The skill of handwriting is a dying art,” she said. “Everything isn’t handwritten anymore.”
The district will still teachcursive, albeit in a limited form, according to curriculum director Marilyn Hissong.
From now on, second-graders will be taught cursive. But students will no longer be assessed on the handwriting style in third and fourth grade.
“We think it’s still important for kids to be able to read cursive,” Hissong said. “But after that, it begins to become obsolete.”
Andree Anderson of the Indiana University Northwest Urban Teacher Education Program says teachers haven’t had the time to teach cursive writing for some time because it’s not a top priority. And Anderson says students’ handwriting is atrocious.
They always told us in second grade that we would need cursive in fifth grade and higher, and no one writes in print. Lies. Cursive is a waste of time. Well, not really. I somewhat use it when I take quick notes. My handwriting is a mix of print and cursive. It's kind of cool. The one thing that makes me wonder is, if you don't learn cursive, how do you sign your name? I mean, I know a lot of people that just capitalize the first two letters and then do scribbles. I write most of it out in a distinct way that's not easily forgeable. I do support working on keyboard proficiency. That's a new life-long skill needed.
Anyone want me to write anything?