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ANALYZING HANDWRITING: State DOE seeks input from parents on handwriting

March 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — In 2010, the Indiana Board of Education made cursive writing optional of school corporations.

Now, school officials are considering making a change, and are seeking input from parents.

Several states, such as California, Georgia and Massachusetts are adopting a cursive requirement, finding benefits beyond the skill itself.

According to research released at a 2012 National Handwriting Summit, handwriting helps in brain development, literacy, cognitive and motor skills, and memory.

While much communication is shifting from pen and paper to computer and tablet screens, many local parents agree — cursive is still an important part of communication.

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