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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 Murdoc on Sunday June 08 2014, @04:39AM

    by Murdoc (2518) on Sunday June 08 2014, @04:39AM (#52858)

    For schools, yes there would be some more receptive to change than others, but each would have to be approached pretty much individually, so I am hoping this way is more efficient, with a better chance of reaching more people. Perhaps approaching school boards could be integrated into the program now that I think of it. Cool.

    I agree that it is about capability and not just knowledge (although that helps). This program is designed to teach skills. It'll have to start small at first, just a few documents that can be downloaded, printed out if desired, and read. They'd cover what they're about, why learning these things are important and useful to you as an individual (and perhaps a little on how it benefits society at large), exercises to practice the skills, and references to other helpful resources. It will recommend practising with others, maybe forming study groups. Later on it will include helpful videos, tests to measure your skills, and anything else that can be made or found to help learn. It will include a feedback system to help make it continuously improving. And it's meant to cover more than just critical thinking, but other useful skills that don't get taught enough, like interpersonal communications and emotion management. I hope that it will grow into something self-sustaining with it's own community. Ambitious I know, but I think with all the ideas I've got in this that it at least has a decent shot.