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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 kaszz on Wednesday June 04 2014, @02:20PM

    by kaszz (4211) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @02:20PM (#51095) Journal

    Interesting perspective!

    "Hey teacher, we have pencils and ballpoint pens these days if you missed it.. doh!"

    Pencils - discovered 1565, in wide use since 1790
    Ballpoint - Launched 1888

    Will it take more than 224 years to update curriculum? ;-)

    What feature will these calculators sized as big as a house using copious amount of staff and electricity have? ha! All students must learn to be the fastest slide ruler [wikipedia.org] calculator they can or they won't have any career .. You must also learn to respect the all important bean counters, they rule everything. Or do you expect to bring that calculator house with you in your pocket and ask others for help from it? ;)

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