Terrific Tuesday: Say It in Handwriting!


Those of you who know the Editorial Assistant, Mom Karen, have come to realize that she is not a fan of educators who have abandoned — or wish to abandon — handwriting and especially cursive writing. We will not explore her long list of reasons here because it might send me in search of the fainting couch or, at the very least, a good snackee.

Anyway, she is a happy person today because an article in the New York Times reports on new evidence (ahem — even printed in the Science section of The Times) supporting the need for handwriting. The article, “What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades,” tells us that new evidence suggests “that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.”

According to those associated with studying the impact that handwriting has on learning, memory and imagination, “children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.”

Perhaps before we send handwriting — and cursive — the way of the dinosaurs, we may want to “think” some more about the benefits and importance of knowing how to “write by hand,” as well as “writing via keyboard,” which is exceedingly important.

You can read the article at http://goo.gl/lDYJSw.

After all, you humans think you’re so smart that surely you have room in your brain for knowing all about handwriting, cursive and keyboarding.

Meanwhile, I’m thinking about my dinner and hoping that Mom Karen wrote out a grocery list that includes something special for Dixie and me. Just sayin’ …

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