Saturday, October 16, 2010

Don't Give Up on Handwriting

My sister has argued the case all along. She now has proof!

The Wall Street Journal featured a column by GWENDOLYN BOUNDS about handwriting, yes, of the cursive sort. Ms. Bounds mentioned
Studies suggest there's real value in learning and maintaining this ancient skill [of handwriting], even as we increasingly communicate electronically via keyboards big and small. Indeed, technology often gets blamed for handwriting's demise. But in an interesting twist, new software for touch-screen devices, such as the iPad, is starting to reinvigorate the practice. ...

Recent research illustrates how writing by hand engages the brain in learning. ...
Her column is long, but it is worth reading. It's offered here because it rehearses recent research and because young and old can benefit from every way to exercise their minds.

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