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Illinois lawmakers require cursive writing for students

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Illinois lawmakers require cursive writing for students (WSBT)

CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) - Cursive writing is looping back into style in schools across the country after a generation of students who know only keyboarding, texting and printing out their words longhand.

On Wednesday, Illinois lawmakers voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of legislation that requires students to learn cursive writing.

At last check, 14 states require teaching cursive.

Penmanship proponents say writing words in an unbroken line of swooshing l's and three-humped m's is just a faster, easier way of taking notes. Others say students should be able to understand documents written in cursive, such as, say, a letter from Grandma. And still more say it's just a good life skill to have, especially when it comes to signing your name.

Some script skeptics question the advantage of cursive writing over printing and wonder whether teaching it takes away from other valuable instruction.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly when cursive writing began to fall out of favor. But cursive instruction was in decline long before 2010, when most states adopted the Common Core curriculum standards, which say nothing about handwriting.