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posted by n1 on Wednesday June 04 2014, @09:37AM   Printer-friendly
from the nothing-but-illegible-scribbles dept.

The NY Times asks does handwriting matter? The Common Core standards stop teaching handwriting after the first grade, preferring a proficiency in typing after that.

However, studies are showing that children learn faster, are able to retain more information, and generate new ideas when they first learn to write by hand. The process of thinking about how to form a letter and putting it on the page stimulates more areas of the brain. This come from the inherent messiness in free-form writing, which can be a valuable learning tool.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:24AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:24AM (#51028)

    Even faster it is to write with meaningless squiggles, but fastest is not to write at all. Writing spoils the memory and makes the mind weak.

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Kell on Wednesday June 04 2014, @12:02PM

    by Kell (292) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @12:02PM (#51050)

    Except that's not what numerous studies about hand writing and memory have shown. The mental process of transcribing ideas into motor actions helps embed the idea in the memory.

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