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Lately, handwriting has been the topic of much discussion in Tennessee. Last week, a measure that would require Tennessee schools to teach cursive handwriting passed the Tennessee House (now, it’s on its way through the Senate before it can be signed into law). Fran Gregory, a retired teacher and reading coordinator for Metro Nashville Public Schools, explains why students deserve the opportunity to learn handwriting.
During nearly 40 years of experience as an educator, Gregory learned why handwriting is a critical component of literacy. In this Opinion piece, she shares how she’s seen handwriting impact students’ reading, writing, and spelling skills.