KS Board Of Education To Consider Cursive Writing Recommendation

Nov 15, 2012

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The Kansas Board of Education could develop a set of recommendations for teaching cursive writing in Kansas schools. The board discussed the issue Wednesday at a meeting in Topeka.

Cursive writing is not required to be taught in Kansas, but some members have heard from their constituents about the issue. 

Education officials surveyed Kansas school districts and 90 percent of the ones that responded said they do teach cursive.

Janet Waugh is a board member from Kansas City, Kan.

"I had grandparents talk to me about this, regarding how they noticed that their grandchildren could not write, you know, they simply couldn't write cursive," says Waugh.

Board members who spoke on the issue talked about a possible connection between handwriting and brain development. They said they support teaching handwriting, even in an age of digital communication. Board members could create recommendations for teaching cursive during their meeting next month.