LETTER: Bring cursive back to schools

To the Editor:

A growing number (at last count about 17) of state legislatures, including New Jersey, Illinois, Texas and California are planning to bring back cursive reading and writing to elementary second and third grade school curricula. State leaders are realizing that by not teaching cursive since about 2010, a population of young people have grown up who are unable to read historical documents or to even sign their name to a legal document or a check.

This is the perfect time for the current Oregon legislative session to correct this same mistake and bring back the teaching of cursive to Oregon’s young children. Let’s ask our legislators to to do so and if the schools require additional financial support to once again teach cursive then let us, as taxpayers, be willing to fund the plan. It will be a worthwhile investment.

Jim Parr