California’s elementary students are bringing back cursive writing. Assembly Bill 446, a new law, requires cursive handwriting lessons for the state’s 2.6 million students in grades one to six, aged 6 to 12. Starting from the third grade, students must learn cursive. The law, sponsored by former teacher Sharon Quirk-Silva and signed in October, aims to revive the declining tradition of cursive writing.

Experts support the move, stating that learning cursive enhances cognitive development, reading comprehension, and fine motor skills. Teachers at schools like Orangethorpe Elementary in Fullerton have embraced cursive instruction. Despite initial challenges, many students find joy in the elegance of cursive and the ability to decipher historical documents, like the U.S. Constitution from 1787. Cursive writing declined because of computers and tablets, and it was not part of the 2010 education rules. California is now the 22nd state to bring back cursive. Sharon Quirk-Silva hopes students will be good at both reading and writing cursive by the end of sixth grade. She says it is not just about writing but also helps with thinking skills in the digital age.