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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
NY Times ^ | 6-2-14 | MARIA KONNIKOVA

Posted on 06/02/2014 9:24:43 PM PDT by windcliff

Does handwriting matter?

Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.

But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

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.

“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Education; Society
KEYWORDS: commoncore; cursive; education; handwriting; racheljeantel; writing

1 posted on 06/02/2014 9:24:43 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

They only teach handwriting in kindergarten and 1st grade nowadays? Really? Otherwise, we’re having kids do things on computer keyboards? I guess I’m out of it as far as what is going on in school. It seems we’re losing something that doesn’t need to be lost, if kids don’t learn how to write, not type things.

Remember that friend of Trayvon Martin, who couldn’t read cursive? How will people sign their names in the future; you can’t do that on a computer keyboard. Or will they print their name in block letters as a signature, not do so in cursive?


2 posted on 06/02/2014 9:34:04 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: windcliff

Engraving used to be a big deal.


3 posted on 06/02/2014 9:35:25 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: JmyBryan

Your battery is running low.


4 posted on 06/02/2014 9:38:16 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party (or else it's more of the same))
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To: JmyBryan
It my day we used to chisel stone tablets.

We were real men and women back then!

5 posted on 06/02/2014 9:38:53 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: windcliff

I guess all the rug rodents from now on will sign their name with an x if they can even figure that out!


6 posted on 06/02/2014 9:43:29 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: windcliff
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.

The practice of activating the fine motor skills of a 27 degree-of-freedom manipulator and coordinating them with both visual and conceptual thinking might just have something to do with it. I would suspect that learning drawing skills would go along with it.

Which is why it is unimportant in Common Core.

7 posted on 06/02/2014 9:45:36 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The tree of liberty needs a rope.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Just make your mark...X

I have been experimenting with stylish marks on electronic card machines.


8 posted on 06/02/2014 9:46:40 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Due to the high price of ammo, no warning shot will be fired.)
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To: windcliff
Sure. And no one believed in Graphitics either.
9 posted on 06/02/2014 9:55:09 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party (or else it's more of the same))
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To: windcliff
The article confirms what I observed as a teacher and as a standardized test developer. I hypothesized that the fine motor skills involved in learning to write cursive activated parts of the brain which was associated with thinking, which printing and typing did not.
10 posted on 06/02/2014 9:56:17 PM PDT by VietVet (I am old enough to know who I am and what I believe, and I 'm not inclined to apologize for any of)
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To: windcliff

Handwriting...who knew it would become one of the finer things in life?


11 posted on 06/02/2014 10:03:46 PM PDT by Cedar
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Block letters.

I would like to take calligraphy ... as a hobby.


12 posted on 06/02/2014 10:07:02 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: windcliff

If I hadn’t been taught long-hand years ago, I never would have been able to read historical documents at the National Archives, libraries, historical societies, etc.


13 posted on 06/02/2014 10:07:34 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

They will not be able to read many of the original documents like the Constitution and items like John Adam’s letters to his wife, etc. without cursive. They will have to have them typed-—by a Howard Zinn type. That is the point-—to control all the ideas any child can have and keep them from seeing original documents (so they can be rewritten)—to reshape history (just like in the book, 1984). They will not be able to read letters written by their grandfathers or grandmothers.

They have done massive studies on brain development and tactile memory—using all the senses is essential to integration of both sides of a brain. Like if a baby does not crawl—they have trouble learning to read. They have to have crawling lessons for the 6 year olds to help them “read”.

The body is designed to work correctly with use of all the senses.....in young children and learning includes touch. Even reading, Beck was stating the other day that he had no tactile memory when he “read” books on kindle or whatever, and that he couldn’t remember anything. It was not like when he read hard copies and would know if he read something at the end or beginning, etc.

Pressing buttons does not use as much of the brain as picking up a pencil and shaping letters...etc. That integrates the brain more and stimulates more neuron growth. Computers teach instant gratification and destroy Virtue (Fortitude) and make children lazy and shuts down more of the brain. I just read a book on how technology use literally is reshaping the brain...and not in a “good” way. There is actually less interaction between left and right sides of the brain which eliminates critical thinking.

Kids who are three and been using ipads are incapable of stacking blocks....it is bizarre. Their coordination is not what it should be. Their “Reality” is both dehumanized and denaturalized.

There is a reason why Fortitude is a Virtue and so necessary in overcoming hardships in life. Without Virtue, children will not flourish as they should. All computers and watching TV minimizes the actions in the brain-—where old fashioned “learning” maximizes the neurological growth of the brain and makes people into unique “thinkers” who can deal with the real world and human beings. All of that takes much practice—and interactions with human beings and manipulating small and large muscles. Sitting still is anathema to a young child and unnatural as is staring at machines. It dehumanizes.

It is why Waldorf schools charge $26,000 a year and CEOs of Google send their kids there-—where they have to sign an agreement NOT to allow their children the use of any computers or watch TV until after 13 years or so. There is a huge waiting list for those schools and they are very expensive.

Why are they forcing these addictive machines on the masses even in kindergarten when elite schools don’t allow them? I know why.....and it is to make useful idiots who are lazy and have every idea fed to them so their Worldview is shaped by the Satanists/Atheists. Constant stimulation-—to destroy the reflection needed for Wisdom, and fill the head with White Noise so the kids literally will never be able to process information and be too frustrated to deal with the Great Books and real Knowledge so they are incapable of being brilliant like the Founders and a Free people.


14 posted on 06/02/2014 10:07:51 PM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: mass55th

Good point.


15 posted on 06/02/2014 10:10:40 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“Remember that friend of Trayvon Martin, who couldn’t read cursive?”

No. She was so stupid she couldn’t read anything.


16 posted on 06/02/2014 10:12:06 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
It my day we used to chisel stone tablets.

You had it easy! Stones are everywhere.

We had to first peel the skins off of onions, garlics, and other plants, and then beat them to a pulp and then bake them into thin sheets.

Then, and only then, could we write on them. And woe to the person who made a mistake!

-PJ

17 posted on 06/02/2014 10:13:46 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: savagesusie

This is a very sad future faced by our children, from not learning to write cursive, and develop their skills in that area.

Sad to think we are dumbing down our society. I think you are right.


18 posted on 06/02/2014 10:14:29 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: JmyBryan

“Engraving used to be a big deal.”

As well as setting type by hand, and even WAY cooler was the operation of those massive Linotype machines!

But quite frankly, I’m VERY happy not to have to have a Linotype operator format something for me when I can do it myself exactly like I want it in a few minutes and print it out myself or email it to a printer who gets it back in a day or two.

I for one won’t miss cursive writing. It’s hard to do, hard to read, and nearly useless in today’s society. Perhaps it could join the ranks of Chinese calligraphy fans.


19 posted on 06/02/2014 10:16:03 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: savagesusie

Good post. Nice tagline too.


20 posted on 06/02/2014 10:20:19 PM PDT by Ray76 (True change requires true change - A Second Party (or else it's more of the same))
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To: windcliff

My handwriting went from bad to worse. Not much lost.

Keyboards are way easier and faster. They have the added advantage of me being able to read what I wrote.


21 posted on 06/02/2014 10:21:44 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

My grandsons think I’m a real meanie. Every year at Christmas they have to sit down and write a note inside each Christmas card which goes to friends and relatives in other cities. They also have to write thank you notes for their gifts all in cursive.


22 posted on 06/02/2014 10:22:32 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A
They also have to write thank you notes for their gifts all in cursive.

Cursive is the new hieroglyphic.

-PJ

23 posted on 06/02/2014 10:27:56 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: gunsequalfreedom
My handwriting went from bad to worse. Not much lost. Keyboards are way easier and faster. They have the added advantage of me being able to read what I wrote.

Same with me. I've had life long eye coordination issues and cursive writing didn't help matters. Teachers dreaded seeing my work. If I write something important I want read like a note around the house I print it.

But here is something to consider. How come a person who has the best skill of hands {doctors} also usually have the worst handwriting skills? LOL.

24 posted on 06/02/2014 10:41:44 PM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: cva66snipe

We had penmanship for years at St. Mary’s. Tracing over cursive printed stuff, over and over.

My handwriting always sucked. Big fingers holding little skinny pens was incredibly awkward for me.

My fingers can type faster than I can talk or even think sometimes. They’re like a blur on the keyboard.


25 posted on 06/02/2014 10:50:39 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: savagesusie

The history of families are handwritten on the flyleaves of Bibles and passed down from one generation to the next. What a pity for many to be unable to continue that tradition.


26 posted on 06/02/2014 11:15:19 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama's America)
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To: cva66snipe

I think it is in the mind not in the hands.


27 posted on 06/02/2014 11:24:12 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: windcliff

28 posted on 06/02/2014 11:25:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2Million USD for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: windcliff

Good grief: I didn’t learn proper cursive until the 3rd grade! In Catholic school. We were too busy learning proper letter forms, spacing, with tense, gender, adjectives and proper nouns for dessert.


29 posted on 06/03/2014 12:12:03 AM PDT by Don W (already are)
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To: savagesusie

Beautiful post bump.


30 posted on 06/03/2014 4:09:48 AM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: windcliff

I was talking with a young lady at a store recently while I waited for a prescription to be filled and somehow the subject of handwriting came up. I inquired as to whether she (who appeared to be in her very early 20s) had been taught cursive writing in school. No, she said. I asked as how she was able to sign her name when required. She said her mother taught her how.

What a changed world we live in.


31 posted on 06/03/2014 4:27:32 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: dalereed

They’ll just use their thumbprint.


32 posted on 06/03/2014 4:38:21 AM PDT by goldi
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To: catnipman
I for one won’t miss cursive writing.

Did you never receive nicely written notes and letters from girlfriends in your school days?

I suppose the modern equivalent would be phone texts... how sad.

33 posted on 06/03/2014 5:31:00 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: Max in Utah

“Did you never receive nicely written notes and letters from girlfriends in your school days?”

Uh, it wasn’t notes and letters from them that I was interested in ...


34 posted on 06/03/2014 8:07:16 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: dalereed
It is more likely that it will be a thumb print One problem I see with the failure to teach writing is that no one would be able to keep a private journal, as Winston Smith did in 1984. these kids will not even be able to think about writing on paper. Everything will be on line.
35 posted on 06/03/2014 9:00:05 AM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: savagesusie
They will not be able to read many of the original documents like the Constitution and items like John Adam’s letters to his wife, etc. without cursive.

No, they won't. You are right.

It reminds me of how the Progressives, at the beginning of the 20th century, gradually convinced everyone that Latin and ancient Greek were "dead" languages and had no place in a modern, democratic curriculum.

That accomplished, no longer would Americans be able to read, in the original, the long 2,500 year history of those ancient civilizations that led to European civilization, the Enlightenment, and, eventually, the United States. Our ties to the past were lost.

Quite by design.

36 posted on 06/03/2014 4:18:08 PM PDT by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: BfloGuy

These were probably same progressives that told me I’d never be able to get by in America without learning the metric system.


37 posted on 06/10/2014 3:03:18 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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