The good news is that there is support in the Common Core for handwriting standards in education, this according to The New York Times. True, the emphasis seems to dwindle off following first grade, so MUS boys affected/infected by such pedagogy (choose your editorial opinion) who arrive on campus with only the ability to scratch will have a tremendous amount work to do in order to produce handwritten assignments. MUS is an independent school, therefore we are not associated with the Common Core initiative.
The bad news is that we can't seem to find evidence of handwriting standards in Tennessee's Common Core standards. Maybe you can locate some information to counter our assertion.
From the article:
The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.