Should cursive be required in school? Tennessee Bill would make it so

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in our nation's history. Without being educated how to read and write cursive, many of our nation's youth will not be able to read it. That concerned a Tennessee lawmaker enough to propose a bill that would require the education of cursive to elementary school students. (Photo: MGN Online)

The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in our nation's history. Without being educated how to read and write cursive, many of our nation's youth will not be able to read it. That concerned a Tennessee lawmaker enough to propose a bill that would require the education of cursive to elementary school students. (Photo: MGN Online)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Students in Tennessee could soon be required to learn cursive handwriting.

According to WREG, a proposed bill that was brought before the Tennessee House this week, House Bill 1697, would require all public school students in Tennessee to learn how to read and write in cursive, usually in or by the third grade.

Tennessee State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia, wrote the bill when parents told her their children could not read handwritten notes. The House was scheduled to vote on the legislation this week, but that vote has been pushed back a week.

Rep. Butt believes half or less of elementary school students in Tennessee are still taught handwriting. Is that a problem? Would you like to see a similar bill proposed in Colorado? Click here to let us know on Facebook.