MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) ó The days when Indianaís elementary school students
were required to perfect the looping script of cursive handwriting are
coming to an end.
Starting this fall, the state Department of Education will no longer require
Indianaís public schools to teach cursive writing. State officials sent
school leaders a memo April 25 telling them that instead of cursive writing,
students will be expected to become proficient in keyboard use.
The Times of Munster reports the memo says schools may continue to teach
cursive as a local standard, or they may decide to stop teaching cursive
of the Indiana University Northwest Urban Teacher Education Program says
teachers havenít had the time to teach cursive writing for some time because
itís not a top priority. Anderson says studentsí handwriting is atrocious.