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Article: What's lost as handwriting fades?

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 11:31 pm    Post subject: Article: What's lost as handwriting fades? Reply with quote

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/03/science/whats-lost-as-handwriting-fades.html?action=click&contentCollection=Asia+Pacific&module=MostEmailed&version=Full&region=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article&_r=1

By MARIA KONNIKOVA

JUNE 2, 2014


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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, itís not just what we write that matters ó but how.

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