'Back to Basics' bill would require cursive writing instruction
Cursive writing and memorizing multiplication tables would be required parts of North Carolina's elementary school curriculum if a bill filed today becomes law.Posted — Updated
Specifically, the bill would require instruction "so that students create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting by the end of fifth grade." It would also require students to "memorize multiplication tables to demonstrate competency in efficiently multiplying numbers."
Local education officials have said cursive writing is falling out of the curriculum to make room for other subjects required by new "common core" standards being put in place.
Rachel Beaulieu, the legislative liaison for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, said her agency hasn't reviewed the bill and didn't have a comment on it.