It disturbed me when I first learned that my children weren't required to learn how to write in cursive when they reached second grade in Texas public schools. The new technologically-advanced society we live in simply created the impression that the old use of fancy handwritten letters wasn't necessary to be taught.

Fortunately, the state of Texas recognized a couple of years ago that this was a growing problem and therefore passed a bill that brings the skill back into the curriculum for Texas public schools students.

Second-grade students will be required to write legibly in cursive by the time they reach 5th grade. The policy will go into effect for the 2019-2020 school year.

Unfortunately, this means that parents will no longer be able to use this "lost art" as a way to send each other secret messages that their children aren't capable of reading.

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