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A call to learn cursive

Updated: Thursday, August 28 2014, 09:36 AM EDT

New York is one of 41 states that no longer requests cursive be taught in school -- but not if some kids in Kendall get their way.

On carefully printed signs, Cameron Faulks and his friends are making their case to learn cursive writing.

"Reasons why I want to learn cursive. To write and sign checks. To sign your legal name and to write fast," says Cameron, a fourth-grader.

Cursive writing first piqued Cameron’s interest in school and he talked to his grandmother about it.

Cameron’s quest to learn cursive has led to a civics lesson. He and his friends made posters to present to the Kendall School Board.

Principal Sharon Smith appreciates what Cameron and his friends are trying to learn.

"These kids are smart enough to see cursive as a link to their past and futures," says Smith.

New Common Core Standards don’t call for cursive instruction and that’s the main reason why it’s no longer taught.

Some states are considering legislation mandating instruction.New York is not one of them.

A call to learn cursive


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