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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Sen. Jean Leising persists in pursuing making cursive writing a requirement"

That is the headline of a good story in the Anderson Herald Bulletin by Maureen Hayden, CNHI Statehouse Bureau Chief. Some quotes:

After three failed attempts, Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, is again trying to write penmanship requirements back into school standards, this time telling her colleagues, “I told you so.”

Earlier this week, as the Senate took up the measure, Leising heard from colleagues whose children or grandchildren cannot decipher the cursive writing in handwritten notes. One child couldn't make out his grandmother's promise of much-coveted tickets to the NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament here in April.

“He couldn’t read the note and was disappointed because his grandmother usually sends money,” Leising said.

“The reality is we now have kids exactly as we predicted," she said. "They're not able to read cursive because they’re not taught cursive or not using it at all.”

Her arguments to colleagues were persuasive enough that the Senate again voted to reverse a 2011 decision by the state Board of Education to make lessons in cursive optional while requiring schools to teach keyboarding.

ILB: Referring to earlier ILB posts on Gov. Pence's effort's to abolish the Indiana State Library's esteemed Genealogical Department, a reader wrote:
First we don't teach cursive which ensures students will not be able to do historical research from original sources and now we are ensuring they cannot find the historical sources!

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 26, 2015 09:20 AM
Posted to Indiana Government