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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 Reziac on Thursday June 05 2014, @03:27AM

    by Reziac (2489) on Thursday June 05 2014, @03:27AM (#51456) Homepage

    Teachers used to know this. It was the main reason why starting in about the 6th grade, we were required to take notes. It was universally understood that we'd probably never look at those notes again, but the act of writing stuff down sufficed to get a reasonable chunk of it into our heads such that we at least halfway understood it (it wasn't just mindless recording). Mind you this was in a state then tied for the best educational ranking in the U.S.

    And there is no Alkibiades to come back and save us from ourselves.
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