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Sunday Spin 2: Handwriting not on the wall

The Legislature is debating many important issues about education from teacher shortages to funding formulas to testing students to make sure they’ve learned what they should.

Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, had one more she thought the state should address: Cursive writing. Or rather, the lack of it.

“Something happened when we weren’t looking,” she told the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. “They took cursive writing out of schools. Nobody voted to take that out.”

Time strapped schools apparently have abandoned it, and she worried that without a knowledge of cursive, grandchildren won’t be able to read letters from their grandmothers. It’s like “taking away half a language,” she said.

Unfortunately, the good penmanship industry has no lobbyist in Olympia. Roach’s bill didn’t get voted out of committee by Friday’s deadline, so it’s likely dead.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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