Department of Education wants to hear from parents about handwriting in schools

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How often do you 'write'? Or do you more often 'text'?

The answer to that question may form your opinion for a debate about handwriting in Indiana.

Right now, Indiana is among a number of states that have left that part of the curriculum optional.

More and more states, like California, Georgia, and Massachusetts are adopting the cursive requirement finding benefits beyond the skill itself.

According to research released at a 2012 National Handwriting Summit, handwriting helps in brain development, literacy, cognitive and motor skills, and memory.

Some Hoosiers, like Diane Akers, a mother of three, sees the benefit. Attending an event on social media safety, Akers concluded that 'so much is ruined by texting because of the shortcuts with texting.' She added, 'I think it's important we keep kids writing and keep the English language.'

Others believe the art of handwriting is just outdated in today's digital world. Linda Thompson is one of them.

'I don't really think it's necessary. I think it's something that's gone by the wayside,' explains Thompson.

In 2010, the Indiana Board of Education made cursive writing optional for school corporations. Since then, lawmakers have attempted to bring it back into the curriculum.

As recently as this year, the state Senate passed a bill to require all school districts to teach cursive writing.

That bill died in the House.

Public input via their website will be taken through Wednesday, March 12th. 

Department of Education website