It may be Halloween, but it’s time to no longer be scared of cursive. I know I have visited this topic several times before, and I know that some states have removed cursive handwriting requirements from their curricula altogether. But I come here to praise cursive handwriting, not to bury it.
According to a recent policy brief from The National Association of State Boards of Education, cursive handwriting benefits…
- Both cognitive and motor skills development
- Literacy development
- Brain development
- Written expression
Furthermore, cursive handwriting instruction is beneficial to many students with disabilities, precisely because of all the related benefits already listed above.
Keyboarding skills may be important in the digital age, but according to research, handwritten compositions tend to be longer and more profound. And handwritten notes show better content comprehension than notes taken by students with computers.
I never used to picture myself as old school, but I’m beginning to think our rush to make everything shiny and new in the classroom is wrongly leaving some good ideas behind, cursive being one of them. What do you think?
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