COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Move over, texting. Cursive handwriting could be making a quick comeback to schools across Ohio.
On Wednesday, the Ohio House passed a bill that would require the State Department of Education to develop a new cursive writing curriculum by the end of this year. The cursive handwriting courses would be targeted for students in kindergarten through fifth-grade.
However, House Bill 58 does not require schools themselves to actually use the curriculum. It would make the teaching materials available to all Ohio schools, including community schools, STEM schools and college preparatory schools, but individual schools would still have the discretion to implement the curriculum.
State Representatives Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and Marilyn Slaby (R-Copley) co-sponsored the bill. They pointed to studies that show being proficient in cursive allows children to develop improved literacy skills, fine motor skills, and increased cognitive development.
“Cursive writing is so much more than just learning how to sign your name to a check,” Rep. Brenner said. “For example, studies have shown that learning how to write in cursive helps student learn how to spell and read, especially children with dyslexia. I’m honored that my colleagues agree that cursive is an important and invaluable skill on multiple levels and should be made available to Ohio’s students.”
The Bill, which passed the house with bipartisan support, now heads to the Ohio Senate.