Delaware House Passes Cursive Bill With 36 Yes, 1 No, & 1 Not Voting

It looks like the anti-cursive police are done in Delaware!  The Delaware House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 70 yesterday.  The only no was State Rep. Jeff Spiegelman and State Rep. John Kowalko did not vote.  State Reps. Kenton, Viola, and Hensley were absent.

When this bill was heard by to the House Education Committee, it was met with opposition by a woman named Kate Gladstone.  She spent the next couple of weeks after that trying to convince my readers why cursive is horrible.  Any disagreement with her kept it going.  I never thought I would see the day when I would see an anti-cursive rant on this blog, but c’est la vie!

Some legislators reached out to me for my thoughts on this bill.  Some felt this is a decision best handled by local school boards.  I agreed with that, however NONE of them stepped up at all to make this a reality.  I do not mind some decisions mandated by the state.

The bill did have an amendment added to it which changes the date of implementation to the 2018-2019 school year if it passes.  The bill will go to the Delaware Senate Education Committee.

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3 thoughts on “Delaware House Passes Cursive Bill With 36 Yes, 1 No, & 1 Not Voting

  1. The art of writing legibly starts with precise printing. Delaware needs to add this requirement to the cursive bill. We are currently graduating students that have never been taught to hold a pen correctly, for control. The club grip may be unique to Delaware.

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  2. No, deleterious pen-holds (such as “the club”) aren’t unique to any one state. I routinely see them, in children and adults throughout the USA and worldwide, among those who have been trained in 95% of the available printing and/or cursive curricula.

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  3. By the way, the blog’s link to “trying to convince [the blog author’s] readers why cursive is horrible]” goes instead to an unrelated story. The author of the blog may wish to correct his link.

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