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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: 1) by gargoyle on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:25AM

    by gargoyle (1791) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:25AM (#51029)

    How much do you recall a month after writing the note without having to refer back to it?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:29AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:29AM (#51031)

    All of it, by remembering the act of typing things I typed a month ago.

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:48AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:48AM (#51043)

    Before comparing what he remembers from typing with what you remember from hand writing, you need to be aware that this stuff works different for different people.

    I never wrote down any notes in school. Except for one subject, where for unknown reasons I did. In that one subject, I learned absolutely nothing, except for the one day I tried not taking notes. I can still tell what I learned that day, but nothing about what I learned the rest of the year.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:56AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:56AM (#51046)

      No no no, everyone must learn the same way, or the Common Core won't work properly.