VIDEO: Why Cursive Is So Good For Your Brain!

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Computers have made handwriting and cursive a dying art. Does taking the time to actually write things out affect our brains? Trace and Tara discuss what occurs in our brains when we write, why we should continue to do so!

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  1. Please take care! Before decisions are made about handwriting instruction, and whether “cursive” should be taught, we need sound research that may or may not prove its benefits. To date I know of none.

    “Cursive” is known to many as the method of letter formation that dates to the latter part of the 19th century. There are other cursives.

    Teach handwriting, but why teach conventional cursive, a method that joins letters with loops, when more and more and more people can’t read it?

    Just some of the misguided, misquoted statements I often read:
    1) It strengthens cognition. NO! Any writing by hand will do that.
    2) It is faster. NO! That’s never been proved.
    3) We need to read the Constitution and Granny’s letters. NO PROBLEM! It takes less than an hour to learn to read the conventional cursive alphabet.
    4) It benefits fine motor skill. Then why do I see so many media illustrations of children writing their cursive lesson with death grips on pencils? No one is teaching the relaxed pen hold that is essential to fluent writing!
    5) We need signatures. NO! Every hand makes an individual mark.

    A variety of cursives have been used ever since the Romans gave us our western alphabet more than 2000 years ago. There must be a better way, a better cursive, one that would be easier to read and faster to write.

    My vote is for italic cursive, an easy-to-learn, easy-to-read alphabet. A perhaps lesser option is to teach print-like script and guide that alphabet into something more fluent and individual; it’s often called “hybrid” writing.

    As first stated, handwriting in elementary grades strengthens cognition. So children do need it. They move their hands and fingers to form letters. The action goes into their motor memory to be recalled for reading.

    Advocates of conventional cursive may truly believe the unproven claims that it is superior. Frequently, the media backs up this belief by misinterpreting researchers. Yes, a recent New York Times article was misinterpreted.

    For the sake of better education for our children, serious, thoughtful attention is needed.

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