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

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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.


  • Karen Williams

    Do we really need to legislate this? How about we let the schools do their job with less interference from the government? Yes, I do believe cursive should be taught in Colorado schools, but I am not sure we require a law to make it so (unless, of course, cursive writing is another one of those things that Common Core is mandating be abolished). It is a faster way to write and it allows our children to be able to read our Founding Fathers’ documents for themselves so they can make their own informed decisions.

  • Susan Brackett

    @ Karen. Yes I agree with you. It’s not something the government should mandate. Schools should do it, and most are not. And since parents aren’t holding schools to teaching it, this lawmaker thought he should.
    My kids go to a charter school, and the parents made sure that cursive is the only approved writing in it. It teaches children so much more than reading the constitution.

  • Elaine Brown

    I am embarrassed that young people cannot read historical documents written in cursive. Just as bad, my grandson did not learn to tie his shoes until he was a teenager because his mother bought only velcro shoes. Disgraceful!

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