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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: 1) by Hyperturtle on Thursday June 05 2014, @11:10PM

    by Hyperturtle (2824) on Thursday June 05 2014, @11:10PM (#51959)

    I cannot agree more.

    When I go to meetings, I bring a pad of paper and a pencil or pen.

    It serves a few functions -- most people bring a laptop. Many get distracted, and even more say they can't understand how I can take notes that way.

    The reality is that I rarely retrieve the notes I take--unless I make a diagram of some kind. The act of writing it down does reinforce the topic for me. When I write notes on the computer, it takes much less effort and I think as a result, I remember much less of it.

    I think the readily available search engines have done a similar thing to society's desire to learn new things. I know many people that don't bother because they believe someone has their answer if they only phrased their search correctly--or that it can't be done.

    I think both both R'ing and W'ing TFM is a lost art... in IT and elsewhere.