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Cursive campaign: 7 states fight for cursive writing in school

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Bateman, a 72-year-old state representative from Idaho, says cursive conveys intelligence and grace, engages creativity and builds brain cells.

"Modern research indicates that more areas of the human brain are engaged when children use cursive handwriting than when they keyboard," said Bateman, who handwrites 125 ornate letters each year. "We're not thinking this through. It's beyond belief to me that states have allowed cursive to slip from the standards."

Why are schools against cursive?

They don't want to waste valuable classroom time teaching a skill perceived as outdated, even though studies prove its value.  Parents don't know they should advocate for cursive for some small percentage of early childhood learning time.

The Montessori Method encourages teaching young children cursive writing.

I think we should teach children calligraphy, too. Give them an appreciation for fonts!

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