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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @05:56PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 04 2014, @05:56PM (#51257)

    throwing away cursive is a good thing. its slow write and hard to read, and serves no purpose in a digital world.

    Cursive CAN'T be thrown away unless you get rid of paper checks altogether.

    Check's need signatures on them to cash them and they are ALWAYS -- as far as I know -- written in cursive.

    Unless you can get by with 'X's or 'squiggles' of some sort as a signature.

  • (Score: 2) by efitton on Wednesday June 04 2014, @07:26PM

    by efitton (1077) on Wednesday June 04 2014, @07:26PM (#51306) Homepage

    Of course you can get by with squiggles for a signature. In the "old days" when they told people to make their mark (as most were illiterate) it wasn't an x. It was a simple pattern or design. That and if you look at most checks (those that aren't just done over the internet) you can't actually read the signature anyhow.

  • (Score: 2) by urza9814 on Thursday June 05 2014, @11:44PM

    by urza9814 (3954) on Thursday June 05 2014, @11:44PM (#51971) Journal

    Both of my parents use pretty much the same signature -- first initial, last initial, squiggly line. And the initials are printed.

    My brother uses some sort of design. Basically just merges a bunch of letters from his name into a single symbol.

    Your signature can be literally anything you want. It doesn't even have to be your name really. ANYONE could just write your name down. The important part to your signature is that you should do it the same way each time. $RANDOM_IDENTITY_THIEF can certainly write your name in cursive, but they won't know what your normal signature looks like unless you've given it to them before. The best thing you can do is make your signature NOT just your name written in cursive, as then if someone else just signs your name it's pretty easy to prove at least that it isn't your normal signature. Make it a drawing of an egg or something. It really doesn't matter.

    That's why, for example, you're supposed to sign the back of your credit cards. When you buy something, the clerk SHOULD check that the signature on the receipt matches the signature on the card (most don't, because it's cheaper for small purchases to just eat the loss if you claim fraud). For checks, the bank makes you sign when you open the account, so they can then compare your signature on your checks to the signature they have on file. If you don't have access to a known good copy, a signature is worthless.