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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: 4, Insightful) by kaszz on Wednesday June 04 2014, @02:36PM

    by kaszz (4211) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @02:36PM (#51104) Journal

    There's many subjects that are really useful to learn. The big catch is that there's not an infinite amount of time and not all teachers are any good. So it means that one has to prioritize between subjects and their depth. Learning to write and read and calculate is very useful. Cursive handwriting adds to knowledge, but it doesn't add enough and the time consumed could be better spent on other subjects. Something many people lack is critical thinking and complex reasoning.

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  • (Score: 1) by Murdoc on Friday June 06 2014, @06:32PM

    by Murdoc (2518) on Friday June 06 2014, @06:32PM (#52340)

    "Something many people lack is critical thinking and complex reasoning."

    Amen brother. If there is just one change I wish I could make to all the school systems of the world (or heck, even just one), it would be this, and it would be taught over many years. Since that is pretty much not going to happen, I'm working instead on a project to teach these things for free over the Internet (supplemented hopefully by local study groups). Still going to be tough to get it out there, but at least it skips the middle-man of school boards and politics.

    • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Saturday June 07 2014, @02:24AM

      by kaszz (4211) on Saturday June 07 2014, @02:24AM (#52499) Journal

      It's a hard subject to read. It's not about knowledge but rather a capability. So how will you offer this over internet?

      As for schools. Not all countries have boards that thinks not offending groups is the most important task.

      • (Score: 1) by Murdoc on Sunday June 08 2014, @04:39AM

        by Murdoc (2518) on Sunday June 08 2014, @04:39AM (#52858)

        For schools, yes there would be some more receptive to change than others, but each would have to be approached pretty much individually, so I am hoping this way is more efficient, with a better chance of reaching more people. Perhaps approaching school boards could be integrated into the program now that I think of it. Cool.

        I agree that it is about capability and not just knowledge (although that helps). This program is designed to teach skills. It'll have to start small at first, just a few documents that can be downloaded, printed out if desired, and read. They'd cover what they're about, why learning these things are important and useful to you as an individual (and perhaps a little on how it benefits society at large), exercises to practice the skills, and references to other helpful resources. It will recommend practising with others, maybe forming study groups. Later on it will include helpful videos, tests to measure your skills, and anything else that can be made or found to help learn. It will include a feedback system to help make it continuously improving. And it's meant to cover more than just critical thinking, but other useful skills that don't get taught enough, like interpersonal communications and emotion management. I hope that it will grow into something self-sustaining with it's own community. Ambitious I know, but I think with all the ideas I've got in this that it at least has a decent shot.