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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 frojack on Thursday June 05 2014, @12:39AM

    by frojack (1554) on Thursday June 05 2014, @12:39AM (#51413) Journal

    Ditto this.
    My normal writing style is mostly printing, with a few instances of "convenient cursive" thrown in.
    Words like "the" and "on" seem to flow from the pen in cursive, while most everything else gets printed. My dad always favored printing, and even as he aged, and his hand shook, you could read his printing, but never his cursive.

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