Senator Pam Roach wants to turn the clocks back
to a time when all children learned how to write cursive in elementary
school. The Republican senator has introduced a bill that would mandate cursive
writing in all Washington public schools, according to KING-TV in Seattle.
Although State schools superintendent Randy
Dorn said keyboard skills are more important than cursive, Roach believes being
able to read and write cursive is a part of this country's fabric.
"Part of being American is being able to read
cursive writing," said Roach.
Individual districts, schools and instructors
are not required to teach cursive but instructors can choose to if they want.
"With all the requirements on our plate, it is
hard," Amy Koster, a fifth-grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School in
Olympia, Wash told KING-TV.
Koster said she doesn't teach cursive per se,
but believes kids pick it up on their own through other class assignments.
"I still want them to know how to read cursive
and how to write in cursive," said Koster.