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All Illinois students will be required to learn cursive writing

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Many schools around the country don't require students to learn cursive writing anymore.    But here in Illinois that's about to change. 

Beginning next fall Illinois students will have to learn cursive writing by the fifth grade.  One woman in favor of the bill calls cursive writing a lost art.

"They should because it identifies them.  every time i see my mom write her name it identifies who she is," said Julie Koch 

Another resident says with so much computer use in schools students don't know enough methods of communication.

"It's a form of communication that I believe is very important.  We've gotten away from handwriting and everything is typed on a screen somewhere and if you need to have a document in front of you i think you should be able to read it," said Katrina Melendez of Peoria.

Some other folks say students will need to know it for their signature on important papers during their lives. 

"I mean as they get older i feel like that's part of life.  You need to know how to sign your name so i feel like that's something that all schools should teach kids growing up," said Peoria resident Curtis Scott.


"I do believe that it's a good thing to have.  I don't believe that it's a huge part of education anymore," said Bradley University student Taylor Kellum.

The mandatory cursive writing bill would take effect for the 2018-19 school year.  Critics say it's a waste of time, that could be spent on other parts of education.

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