The new law will require teachers to implement some instruction regarding cursive handwriting from first through sixth grade instead of requiring educators to teach it during a specific grade, according to the law’s text.
The law’s primary goal is to give students the ability to read and write in cursive, Assemblymember Quirk-Silva told the Sacramento Bee. She also pointed out that most historical records were written in cursive.
“A lot of the historical documents going back two or three decades are actually in cursive,” Quirk-Silva said. “I went on 23andMe looking for some family records and they were all written in cursive.”
The new law means that cursive handwriting instruction will now be required learning for California students, just like English, math, and social sciences.
A February 2022 report from the National Education Association says 21 states require cursive in public school curriculum.