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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 Grishnakh on Wednesday June 04 2014, @05:40PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @05:40PM (#51252)

    That may be the intent, but it's not what really happens in practice.

    There's two ways to write cursive: legibly, or illegibly. Legible cursive is very slow to write, slower than regular print. Fast cursive is illegible by anyone who isn't the writer (and maybe even him/her). My mom wrote in cursive, and frequently couldn't read her own writing.

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  • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Thursday June 05 2014, @11:25PM

    by urza9814 (3954) on Thursday June 05 2014, @11:25PM (#51964) Journal

    Hah! Reminds me of a few of my college classes, where I'd get so lazy with my writing that a cursive lower-case F for example -- or hell, sometimes even *entire words* -- would just turn into a single vertical line. They'd end up as TALL lines though, expanding from my normal 1 line in the notebook to a full three or four. Of course, I never once actually read my notes after the fact in any class except math, so that was perfectly fine. The act of taking notes kept me paying attention...which ironically meant I only ever needed to look something up if I hadn't been taking notes.

    But man, I could write those lines *fast* ;)

    On a more serious note, I feel like cursive -- even neatly -- lets my hand be a lot more relaxed while I'm writing. If I'm printing, all five fingers are exerting pressure somewhere. Even my pinkey is pressed tightly against my index finger, which is pressed tightly against the pen. If I'm writing cursive, my pinkey and index finger often don't even touch the pen. But I'm pretty certain that's just me.