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Lindsay Podraza
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cursive-imageWhile the Internet age created new and exciting ways to communicate, it arguably rendered the need for proper penmanship obsolete. (Even signatures are often electronic these days.)

But that line of thought might be scribbled out and rewritten in Delaware history, at least for many of the First State’s youngsters: A bill requiring public schools to teach cursive is ready for consideration by the House of Representatives, the House Republican Caucus reports.

House Bill 52, sponsored by State Rep. Deborah Hudson, R-Fairthorne, would have students learn how to write in script before finishing fourth grade. The lessons, proposed to start this fall, would be part of students’ English language arts coursework.

Complaints from constituents, including one who works in the banking industry where cursive is common, inspired her to sponsor the bill, she said.

Handwriting has been taught in the classroom less than ever before, Hudson said, because it’s not a part of the Common Core curriculum. She added that knowledge of reading and writing cursive, even in a digital age, is still important.

“The interpretation of countless historic documents, as well as the ability to simply read hand-written notes, requires knowledge of cursive writing,” she said.  “Signatures are typically written in script.  How can Delaware’s schools ever be called ‘world-class’ if we are graduating students unable to sign their own names?”

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