KS House Votes to Require Schools Teach Handshaking, Not Constitution

March 19, 2014 - 9:04 AM

The Kansas House of Delegates has passed a bill that would require that students be instructed in the "importance and execution of an effective professional handshake."

The requirement was included as an amendment to legislation that would make instruction in financial literacy a requirement for all Kansas high school students.

While Kansas lawmakers deemed a firm handshake as being an important skill for students to acquire, a separate amendment that would have instruction on the Constitution and government institutions was defeated.

Besides making sure Kansas students don't go into the financial world offering a limp wrist to potential business partners, the bill would also mandate that students receive instruction in saving, investing, credit and debt and setting a budget.

The bill, which is expected to be voted on in the Kansas State Senate, later today, may be a valuable tool for future Kansas lawmakers who will have to deal with the $16 billion in unfunded liabilities that the state has racked up in recent years.

With all the spending deals that were made in order to achieve such a massive debt, one could assume that Kansas legislators have the handshaking part of the process down pat.