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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 VLM on Wednesday June 04 2014, @12:33PM

    by VLM (445) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @12:33PM (#51060)

    Talk to the genealogy people. I haven't written cursive in at least a decade now, and I also find it nearly impossible to read simple census documents.

    I know cursive "used to be" faster to write back when people used it, but I wonder if it was always considered basically illegible or if thats a modern characteristic.

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