SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  – Legislation requiring cursive writing to be taught in Illinois’ elementary schools is now law thanks to efforts by state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, to revitalize this skill.

“As technology has advanced in the fast-paced world we live in, the way we write and communicate with each other needs to adjust as well,” Welch said. “As a result, our schools have adapted to focus on teaching students how to print and type quickly, however at the expense of teaching cursive writing. To make our young students stronger readers, writers and critical thinkers, our schools will again teach cursive so they can begin to develop these necessary skills.”

Welch is the chief sponsor of House Bill 2977, which requires public elementary schools in Illinois to teach at least one unit on cursive writing in their curriculum. Cursive writing has been shown to help children improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Additionally, many historical documents, including the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, were written in cursive. Following the General Assembly’s successful override of Governor Rauner’s veto of the measure, House Bill 2977 becomes law and takes effect during the 2018-2019 school year. By learning cursive writing, Welch believes students will be able to read and appreciate many important pieces of our history.

“Writing in cursive forces students to choose their words more carefully, improving their understanding of the topic and quality of their writing,” said Welch. “By ensuring all students learn how to write in cursive, they will be given a tool that will help them deepen their understanding and improve their communication and creativity.”

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