Lafayette mom teaches her teens to write in cursive

State lawmakers are preparing to discuss whether to mandate cursive writing in schools. One Lafayette mom hopes they do.

Posted: Jun 28, 2018 6:41 PM
Updated: Jun 28, 2018 6:43 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — When it came time for Lisa Gretencord's children to get a driver's license, years of public school education didn't cut it.


"They were told to sign in cursive and they didn't know how," said Gretencord. 

That's because Indiana does not require schools to teach cursive handwriting. So, this mom took matters into her own hands.

"I sat down with the boys at the kitchen table and put out a piece of paper and told them they had to write their name in cursive," said Gretencord. "I wrote it and then they had to copy it."

Being taught to write your own name at 16?

"They were embarrassed!" said Gretencord. "Because they didn't know how to write their name in cursive. And not only that, they don't know how to read in cursive."

Gretencord wants lawmakers to change that.

"They need to bring it back in schools," said Gretencord. "These kids need to know how to do that. I mean there are still people out there that write in cursive and they need to know how to write their name in a professional way when it comes to a document."

State Representative Sheila Klinker couldn't agree more.

"We want our students to be able to read historical documents and know what they're saying," said Klinker. "And also maybe to read Grandma and Grandpa's letters that are done in cursive writing instead of printing,"

Those who are opposed argue cursive writing is not on I-STEP or I-LEARN tests. Most teachers are too busy teaching technology to students.

"I do sympathize with that, the fact that they do, but this is something that is very important for these kids," said Gretencord. "I mean, not everything is on computers."

Lawmakers will consider the measure during a summer study. They plan to look at the results of a recent survey.

Nearly 4 thousand people responded to the Department of Education study. Most were teachers and principals. School board members and Superintendents were not as willing to participate.

2,716 people voted in favor of mandating cursive. 386 were opposed and 776 are undecided.

In Tippecanoe School Corporation, it's up to the teachers whether to teach cursive.

Out of the nearly 4 thousand people who responded to the survey, 3 thousand are not currently teaching cursive in the state.

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