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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 CoolHand on Wednesday June 04 2014, @01:46PM

    by CoolHand (438) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @01:46PM (#51079) Journal

    +1 insightful... :)

    I never looked at it from that historical perspective. I've never even heard of that reason, as I'd always heard the reason for cursive's invention being born from the "need for speed." I will have to google your perspective, to see if the all knowing interwebz agrees with this historical tidbit.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by CoolHand on Wednesday June 04 2014, @02:12PM

    by CoolHand (438) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @02:12PM (#51091) Journal

    While doing my research, I came across the following article (and a lot of comments) that has taught me a few great points both for and against teaching cursive..

    https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/ball/cursive-handwriting-philip-ball/ [prospectmagazine.co.uk]

    Personally, I think it should no longer be mandatory. Possibly, it could be a strongly suggested class once students can pick electives. Or possibly, it could be allowed to fulfill an art requirement.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 05 2014, @04:13AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 05 2014, @04:13AM (#51480)

      Yes, that article makes very good points, if by "good points" you mean a giant blank white rectangle about 5000 by 500000 pixels.