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Lawmakers consider bringing back cursive to Indiana schools

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In the fall of 2011, schools were no longer required to teach students cursive writing.

Now a bill in the state Senate aims to bring cursive back.

It's a discussion some teachers aren't thrilled about.

"The common core is just so much rigor now. The expectations are just getting higher and higher and higher for students and as teachers we already feel short on time," says Mary Daly Elementary School teacher, Amanda Brandy.

Brandy has been an elementary school teacher for six years.
She says there are only so many hours in the day and adding cursive back into the curriculum would mean something else has to go.

"I just think that if we're focusing so much on practicing handwriting, that we're going to have to take away from some of the other things that we need," says Brandy.

Brandy's boss, principal Joshua Nice, agrees.
He says it was a good choice to drop the cursive requirement from law.

"Our kids need that exposure to technology, and to be successful in business now, you sign things, but how much do you write cursively opposed to how much time do you spend typing?" asks Nice.

Some say even if you don't use it much, cursive should still be taught, even if it's just a little at a time.

"At least give them the fundamentals of it and if they teach it at least a little bit every year up through 4th or 5th grade, by that time, kids would have it for the most part I think," says Richard Guffey of Elkhart.

Others say, it's just a waste of time.

"Everything's on computer now, typing, it does it for you, so what's the sense of doing any handwriting?" asks Elkhart resident Mark Massie.

Law or not, Principal Nice says, cursive hasn't disappeared from the classroom.

"A lot of my staff still puts it is as far as they might cursive handwrite a draft of something or if they're doing a reading center, it might be a work station when they get done with something else," says Nice.

This isn't the first time lawmakers have tried to bring cursive back. The Indiana Senate approved a similar bill last year, but it didn't advance to the House.

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