Tuesday, February 21, 2017

N. Y. Post: Why we should teach cursive writing to all kids

N. Y. Post: Why we should teach cursive writing to all kids.  Excerpts:

But this policy change is actually more beneficial for the students than school officials appear to realize. Learning how to write cursive isn’t just useful for its own sake — as valuable as it is to be able to sign one’s own name.

As the city Department of Education rightly pointed out, “evidence reveals an advantage for handwriting using pen and paper over keyboarding for students in grades 2 to 6 for amount written, rate of word writing, and number of ideas expressed.”

In other words: Kids were better at processing information when doing so by handwriting as opposed to typing.  (emphasis added)

In addition, scientific research (and common sense) indicates learning how to write cursive helps the development of motor skills. Writing for Psychology Today, Dr. William Klemm explains, “The benefits to brain development are similar to what you get with learning to play a musical instrument.”

These benefits apply to writing more generally and cursive specifically, according to Klemm.

(Scott Fruehwald)


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