Since we’re in the business of communication, I read with interest an article in the New York Times regarding the ongoing debate about the teaching of cursive handwriting in elementary schools. Common Core standards, adopted now by most U.S. states, do not require the teaching of cursive writing past the 1st grade, and emphasize keyboard proficiency after that.
Sounds like it makes sense in today’s world, and I’m sure many of us have wondered whether cursive writing is “better” in some way than standard, block-letter handwriting or typing on a keyboard. Although out seems like the jury may still be out on this one, there is some fascinating research being done on the subject. Some studies show that the very act of writing by hand may affect the way we learn and remember, and there seem to be aspects specific to cursive handwriting that may have an effect on other cognitive abilities.
That’s not to mention what texting with just our thumbs will do. I assume we’re going to learn some lessons about that further down the road.