Earlier this legislative session, a bill was proposed that would require students be taught cursive by the fifth grade was introduced in the South Carolina legislature. The bill, which came up for a vote Tuesday, also would require the memorization of multiplication tables be taught. The bill passed in a subcommittee yesterday and now moves on to the full House Education committee. Rep. Dwight Loftis is sponsor of the bill.
Sponsoring Rep. Dwight Loftis of Greenville contends students still need handwriting skills despite the increase in digital communications. He says practical uses include being able to write faster than when writing in print.
State standards haven’t required cursive writing in the classroom since 2008. It is unclear how many districts opt to teach it to elementary school students.
Melanie Barton with the Education Oversight Committee says the requirement ended when the state’s standardized, end-of-year English test for third- through eighth-graders stopped asking open-ended questions that required writing.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.