Is Cursive Irrelevant? Indiana Thinks So Schools no longer required to teach it By Sarah Whitmire, Newser Staff Posted Jul 7, 2011 2:25 PM CDT 12 comments Comments Indiana swaps cursive classes for requirement in typing proficiency. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Inevitability department: Indiana has removed a district requirement that elementary schools teach students cursive handwriting, reports Fox 59 in Indianapolis. Beginning this fall, schools can teach cursive if they want, though they may prefer to use the time honing typing skills: Students will now be expected to be proficient in keyboarding. While kids interviewed were in agreement about ditching cursive, their parents had a cooler reaction to the policy shift. “When kids are learning math or reading, they still say ‘When are we ever going to use this? We’ll never use this in life’, but they obviously do, throughout their life," says one mom. "Being able to read and write cursive is no different.” Here's a similar take on the subject.