Teaching Children Handwriting Is Important Despite “Common Core”

This post isn’t about Common Core and it’s many controversies.  This post is about teaching our school children how to put pencil to paper to be able to write. You know, one of the old fashion Three R’s, the ‘Ritin one. Well, according to the new fangeled, highfalutin education standards of Common Core, learning handwriting is no longer necessary. But despite their best intentions and regardless of its so very impressive name, the Common Core State Standards Initiative,  may have missed the mark once again.

This post isn’t even a timely one, necessarily. The debate has been raging for a while but I want to call attention to the latest in a New York Times Science Section report on the real value of handwriting. It seems that ‘the science isn’t done’ on this issue. The Times reports that studies are showing that, how we write, does matter.

There are studies that show a relationship between handwriting and other educational development.

“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.” New York Times

It seems once again to be a case where we might be rushing to the future without fully understanding all of the consequences of the changes we are making.

Of course not everyone joined the Common Core crusade and have been working to restore handwriting to our school’s curricula. 


But NPR begs to differ in this report on why “cursive” just isn’t important. Or, then again maybe it is.

And if you are really interested another fascinating study on “The write way to spell: printing vs. typing effects on orthographic learning”. Science is great because it gets you to THINK.

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