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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 scruffybeard on Wednesday June 04 2014, @02:00PM

    by scruffybeard (533) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @02:00PM (#51088)

    The article addresses cursive, and says that it may be beneficial for people with dysgraphia. Regardless of whether you use cursive or print, writing by hand is still a valuable skill.

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