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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: 2) by tathra on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:31AM

    by tathra (3367) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:31AM (#51033)

    you really do learn better when writing stuff by hand. i remember essentially nothing when i'm typing because my mind never enters it - like how people normally converse, words just flow out through my finger half-consciously (now, if only i could use my voice that way). writing stuff out by hand engages several parts of the brain at once and you spend more time thinking about it, so you're more likely to remember it. i've seen studies on this kinda thing before, but i dont care enough to sort through google for any of them since i already know its true from personal experience.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:38AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:38AM (#51036)

    my mind never enters it - like how people normally converse

    And herein lies the problem. Normal people do not communicate to exchange information. Normal people converse to control each other. Normal people are SHIT.

    • (Score: 2) by carguy on Wednesday June 04 2014, @02:26PM

      by carguy (568) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday June 04 2014, @02:26PM (#51097)

      And herein lies the problem. Normal people do not communicate to exchange information. Normal people converse to control each other. Normal people are SHIT.

      Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

      ...and after reading this quote/meme for years, I finally searched and found that it's from Simpsons, doh.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:54AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @11:54AM (#51045)

    writing stuff out by hand engages several parts of the brain at once and you spend more time thinking about it, so you're more likely to remember it.

    No, YOU are more likely to remember it. Because YOU learn that way. I don't. I can't learn and concentrate on taking notes at the same time. I've tried it in school, and I learned absolutely nothing in that subject. Except for the one day I didn't take notes, I still remember what we learned that day.

    • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Wednesday June 04 2014, @07:34PM

      by aristarchus (2645) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @07:34PM (#51313) Journal

      I've tried it in school, and I learned absolutely nothing in that subject. Except for the one day I didn't take notes, I still remember what we learned that day.

      Ah, I remember that day! We took the ferry, and I wore an onion tied to my belt, as that was the fashion at the time. Or was it that you wore blue, and the Nazis wore gray? Play it again, Sam!

      I am always amazed at how well people remember having learned nothing. Nothing must really make an impression.