Lawmakers want to require cursive in all Illinois classrooms

Lawmakers want to require cursive in all Illinois classrooms

Some lawmakers want to require cursive writing in all Illinois classrooms.

The move comes following a national trend that took cursive out of schools in the place of technology.

This is Caleb Peterson's first year learning cursive as a third grader at Central Middle School in Golden.

"It just helps me write a lot faster, I can easily get it done fast, and it's just fun," said Caleb.

Though it's not required, Central Middle School still chooses to teach cursive.

"It's an essential life skill. Our job as teachers is to teach them skills that is going to help them succeed throughout their life," said Teacher, Audrey O'Dare.

Illinois lawmakers in the House recently voted to override the Governor's veto of the bill that would force schools to teach cursive.

House Bill 2977 would require public elementary schools to teach at least one unit of cursive before students reach fifth grade.

"I know that at some surrounding schools they had stopped teaching cursive and I remember thinking to myself that that was really unfortunate," adds O'Dare.

Supporters believe that If you teach a kid to write in cursive they will better understand how to read in cursive, and reading in cursive is another benefit towards the child's future.

"When parents or grandparents or anybody write something to them it's important that they are able to read it. They go to a job, they go to high school, they go to college, any of those places there will always be people there that are writing in cursive and I want my students to be able to read that," said Central Middle School Principal, Lorie Obert.
"Original documents, like the Declaration of Independence or the Emancipation Proclamation," O'Dare adds.

Caleb says he can't wait to use his cursive skills in the future.

"When you grow up and get in college or any of the big schools, you're going to need to be able to write a lot faster, and cursive is the way that I would do that," says Caleb.

Here's whats next -Illinois senators will consider the legislation when they return to the state capitol next month.

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