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Cursive still popular with some elementary kids

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

Regardless of how legible cursive is, most people know how to write it.

But some lawmakers want to make sure all students learn the traditional art of writing. A bill introduced in the North Carolina House, House Bill 146, on Tuesday would require it.

"They love writing in cursive," teacher Erika Gullick said

And that may come in handy for these third graders at Barwell Road Elementary in Raleigh.

According to Wake County Schools, cursive is not a requirement but is intertwined in the current curriculum.

"We have children who chose to use cursive other use manuscript," said Sandy Barefoot, the principal at Barwell Road. "But we also use a lot of technology here and the big focus is more on what they are writing - the content."

With a full curriculum already, she said a cursive class would be challenging. But incorporating it into class time is fun, Gullick said.

"I think it's critical that they learn all different types of prints, cursive being one of them," Gulllick said. "Because they are going to utilize them when they go the upper grades."

If it does become mandatory, parents would no doubt have to brush up on their cursive skills.

But whether the back-to-the-basics bill becomes law depends on if lawmakers sign off on it.

The bill would also make it mandatory for schools to memorize multiplication tables.

 

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