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Cursive Writing is Returning to Texas Public Schools This Fall

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Returning to Texas schools this fall, cursive writing will be on the curriculum, according to the State Board of Education. The requirement for this change will go into effect for the start of the 2019/20 school year.

The art of cursive writing making a comeback in Lone Star State schools has been reported by local media and has caused quite a stir. CBS Austin reported that children entering the 2nd grade for the upcoming school year will be required to learn this process and will have to master the skill prior to entering grade 5.

Cursive Writing is Returning to Texas Public Schools This Fall

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Despite the fact that a large part of the school curriculum is leaning toward online portals, and children of these generations have become far more adept at computers, tablets, or other devices, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for language arts will be incorporating cursive as part of the second-grade curriculum.

Cursive Writing is Returning to Texas Public Schools This Fall

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The State Board of Education for Texas made the curriculum change in 2017, and the 2019/20 school year was when all school districts were to have implemented it. The process of learning this penmanship requires that some of the letters be joined together, with the intent that it makes this style of writing a little faster than some. As a result of the fewer times the pen leaves the page, this higher speed of writing style is used in a variety of alphabets. The question on many peoples’ minds, however, is the necessity for it in this day and age. With the more frequent use of electronic form processing, email, text, and the like, the concept may soon become a foreign one. Although some parents may be happy that their children will learn how to sign their own name, read, and write in this manner, others may be questioning the amount of time it will take in a curriculum that they already see as having room for improvement. What do you think? Will Texas school kids benefit from learning cursive?