Friday, November 22, 2013

Cursive Handwriting and Creativity

 The common assumption is that cursive handwriting is disappearing. When our students are not typing on digital devices, they usually print. But there is a backlash against this trend. Several state legislatures are considering bills mandating the teaching of cursive writing.

When we abandon the cursive style, do  we lose anything? Possibly:

[Linden] Bateman, a 72-year-old state representative from Idaho, says cursive conveys intelligence and grace, engages creativity and builds brain cells.

"Modern research indicates that more areas of the human brain are engaged when children use cursive handwriting than when they keyboard," said Bateman, who handwrites 125 ornate letters each year. "We're not thinking this through. It's beyond belief to me that states have allowed cursive to slip from the standards."

When we deplore a lack of creativity on the part of our students, can we blame it on the demise of cursive?

You can read more here.


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