What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

Do you remember the days of being taught how to spell and write in cursive? Currently, the growing trend is to educate students on how to use a computer and less of the old-school way of teaching how to handwrite.

The New York Times has an interesting piece on what is lost as handwriting fades:

“Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.”

(Read the entire article here)

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