Making the Case for Handwriting in the Curriculum

In 2014, writer M. English wrote an article for 21st Century Media that drove with the line, “When John Hancock marked the Declaration of Independence, he couldn’t have realized he’d turned into a handwriting symbol,” and including that January 23 is National Handwriting Day.

Also, that should matter to us all even in this console cheerful culture and regardless of the way that it’s July not January and school won’t be in session for a few additional weeks. As the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association reminds us, “The lost specialty of penmanship is one of only a handful couple of ways we can interestingly communicate… Textual styles come up short on an individual touch. Penmanship can add closeness to a letter and uncover insights regarding the author’s identity. From the beginning of time, manually written archives have started love illicit relationships, began wars, set up harmony, liberated slaves, made landmarks, and pronounced autonomy.”

These people are discussing cursive composition despite the fact that printing tallies, as well, and both have been on the cleaving square generally in substantial measure due to the Common Core English/Language Arts Standards.

Presented in 2008, Obama’s then U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan dangled the guarantee of divvying up $4.35 billion in Race to the Top government stipends to applying states that consented to embrace them by including 40/500 to their applications.

Obviously, it took; 45 states and D.C. eventually received the Common Core State Standards which advance keyboarding abilities with nary a notice of penmanship.

The upshot: Many areas grasped penmanship guidance off the books, notwithstanding the very much archived proof that an immediate connection among cursive and the cerebrum exists. As Sarah Sweeney-Denham, head of Plymouth Meeting Friends School in Pennsylvania, clarifies, “… Research shows that cursive composing outperforms keyboarding with regards to improving experts communicators, initiating progressively neural territories associated with considering, dialect, and working memory, and, all in all, captivating the cerebrum in learning and acing ideas.”

Dr. Virginia Berninger, an instructive brain science educator at the University of Washington backs that see with her examination discoveries that, “Penmanship – shaping letters- – connects with the psyche, and that can enable youngsters to focus on composed dialect. This legend that penmanship is only an engine ability is out and out off-base.”

Besides, she clarified, “What we discovered was that kids until about review six were composing more words, composing quicker, and communicating more thoughts on the off chance that they could utilize penmanship printing or cursive-than if they utilized the console.”

Fortunately, various government people have focused, for example, Louisiana Republican state representative Beth Mizell who as of late presented a cursive composition charge that is currently state law. Starting now and into the foreseeable future all customary state funded schools and open sanction schools there will start showing cursive by third grade and proceed through the twelfth.

Ten different states have jumped on board with penmanship, as well, including Arkansas, California, Florida, Virginia, and Texas.

In this way, as Joe Heim of the Washington Post puts it, “Cursive composing should be dead at this point. Schools would quit educating it. Schools would quit educating it. Children would quit learning it… Be that as it may, similar to Madonna and papers, cursive has shown an abrasive backbone, declining to have its snares and curlicues cleared to the dustbin of penmanship history.”