In the photo above,Indiana State Sen. Jean Leising shows posters made by schoolchildren who support her bill to require the teaching of cursive writing in school. State education officials gave districts the option of dropping cursive when Indiana adopted common core standards, which require proficiency in keyboarding. A student practices cursive letters in the photo at right. However, fewer U.S. students learn cursive writing as schools shift focus to teaching digital literacy. A national set of core standards, adopted by 45 states, says students should learn to type but doesn't mention cursive handwriting.