There are those that believe writing in a cursive hand should be a thing of the past. Since so many of today's students are typing on computers, tablets, and smartphones the need for learning script appears to have diminished with this current generation.

Lawmakers on the Education Committee in the Louisiana House disagree that assessment and have moved forward with legislation that mandates cursive writing be taught in Louisiana public and charter schools.

Chris Broadwater of Hammond told the Louisiana Radio Network his reasons for supporting this legislation.

It is almost like another language, but the benefit to that, and the history that you miss if you aren’t able to embrace that and understand it, I think is significant in a child’s education.

That position does make sense because many of the most important documents in American and Louisiana history were penned in a cursive hand. To have future generations not be able to read and understand the passionate words of freedom would be an injustice in my opinion.

Then again, there is the matter of a signature.

It seems to me that this is really kind of a basic framework, and I don’t think it would interrupt too much with class time, considering we’ve all done it as well.

Most of the binding documents that I have agreed to have a sign line and a print line. It seems to me being able to write your own signature without the aid of an electronic device would be a crucial step in the development of a well rounded citizen.

Is it a waste of time? Technology is a wonderful thing. However, it is supposed to be an aid to the human experience not a replacement for learning. Again those are my thoughts on the subject.

The bill, which has already gotten approval in the Senate, will now move into the full House where further debate and discussion will occur.