Bill Would Require Cursive Writing Classes

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(Nashville, TN) Students in Tennessee could soon be required to learn cursive handwriting.

House Bill 1697 would require all public school students in Tennessee to learn how to read and write in cursive, usually in or by the third grade.

State Rep. Sheila Butt, R-Columbia wrote the bill when parents told her their children could not read handwritten notes.

The House is scheduled to vote on the legislation today.

Rep. Butt believes half or less of elementary school students in Tennessee are still taught handwriting.


  • Kelly Stanford Sides

    Whatever happened to reading, writing and arithmetic. (and spelling because I am not sure I spelled that right). But I dont care how technology advanced we have become, a child still needs to learn how to write. I hope they do pass that. I didnt know it was not taught anymore.

  • Susan

    Why was cursive ever stopped in the schools? Cursive used to be taught in third grade. Do people NOT sign checks anymore? Oh – I forgot – people don’t use checks anymore because EVERYTHING is electronic!

  • papawofboo

    I read somewhere that on a national level it was being done away with because it just isn’t used anymore, e-mails, text, and tweets were makeing it out dated. Glad to see Tn. is going the other way.

  • Chris Riley

    House Bill 1697 would require all public school students in Tennessee to learn how to read and write in cursive. That would put them in the 1% that are white and mandatory to learn to read and write in cursive by the 3DR grade.

  • Freedomwasawesome

    My kids started in kindergarten. Just saying.

    Hope it passes. Otherwise just a continued dumbing down of our future

    For those who say out dated. R we Gunna strt riting lik ths 2 ?

  • Leeann

    As a school based Occupational Therapist, I am glad to hear this. It works on so many more skills than most people realize. It is good for kids to learn even if it is not used now as much as it was in years past.

    • Marsha

      Strongly agree. Developing fine motor skills is essential. Carries over to so many areas. Many children can’t even use a pair of scissors much less thread a needle. Sometimes IT IS the little things.

  • MikeD

    Do you have enough money to buy slates and chalk for every kid in K-12? I’ll bet this is just a distraction from the real problem: fully funding your schools.

  • Martha laster

    I am a retired third grade teacher from
    Alabama and I taught cursive writing every day . We believed every child needed this. I have a granddaughter that was not taught and not required to use cursive in TN. Every chance we get we practice cursive. Her writing is getting much better. I don’t see how the teachers can read what the students are writing. Even her print was so sloppy unreadable.

    • MikeD

      Good for you! Most states have cursive in the curriculum but don’t have a standard for kids to meet. I’ve had graduate education students who didn’t know how to hold a pencil, let alone how to print. They were much better with keyboard.

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