States Consider Adding Cursive To Common Core

The Washington Post (1/25, Chokshi) reports in its “Govbeat” blog that Indiana’s Senate approved a cursive requirement in a vote on Thursday and that it is one of seven Common Core states considering a cursive requirement. Arguments for the cursive requirement include studies showing that it is helpful in cognitive development because “the movement tasks are more demanding,” and “the visual recognition requirements create a broader repertoire of letter representation.” In addition, it is “faster” than printing and offers “a better sense of personal style and ownership.” One study found that children in grades 2, 4, and 6 “wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus with a keyboard.” States considering a cursive requirement include: California, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Utah.