Many parents disagree with this policy. Many experts believe handwriting is important because it engages the brain in important ways that selecting letters on a keyboard does not. Research shows that the hand-brain relationship is important for children. The sequential strokes required to form letters and words activates regions of the brain involved in thinking, language, and memory. The mental manipulation of that transforms formulas, represents the brain’s recognition of patterns. When the facts are processed in writing, there is apparently something really important about manually manipulating words on a page. Researchers have found that practice with writing letters can improve idea composition and expression, activate the brain, and aid fin motor-skill development.
Two generations ago, 95% of Americans used handwriting. Not anymore. Yet the skills of handwriting remain important to develop a child’s memory, focus, attention, sequencing, estimation, patience, and creativity. I urge schools to continue to teach cursive writing even though Common Core standards do not require it. If they don’t learn cursive writing, they won’t be able to read helpful letters from their grandmothers.
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Further Reading: Common Core