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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 Angry Jesus on Wednesday June 04 2014, @04:32PM

    by Angry Jesus (182) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @04:32PM (#51196)

    Wow, I have just the opposite experience. If I write with block letters I go much slower and get hand cramps much sooner than if I use cursive. I try to avoid hand-writing all together because I was never very good at it (in fact it was one of the main arguments I made to my parents to get an atari 800 - I could do all my school essays on there and never get marked down for bad handwriting) but when I do have to write I vastly prefer to use cursive.

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