A national debate is underway about requiring cursive writing in public schools, with some legislators attempting to pass laws that would require that cursive script be taught.
In Louisiana, Senator Beth Mizell is sponsoring a measure requiring that cursive writing be taught in all state public schools beginning in August.
“I have people who tell me they got a thank-you note and cannot read it,” said Mizell. “It just struck me more and more: Why would we shortchange our children of something that is an identity forever?” she said.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, similar legislation in pending in 11 other states. Six states have cursive writing laws. Teaching cursive is required in Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Educators have varying reactions. “How do you get the typing, the printing and the cursive all done at the same time when you are also teaching them how to read?” asked Zachary Superintendent Scott Devillier.
Cursive is taught in St Bernard Parish. “We are still a pretty conservative community,” St. Bernard Superintendent Doris Voitier said. “And we still encourage kids to hopefully write letters and things like that.”