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Do Kids Need Cursive?

Is Cursive a Needed Skill?

Cursive writing is making a comeback in some schools.  Some schools have recently passed mandates requiring children to show proficiency in cursive writing. 

Some professionals feel that cursive writing is a faster way to write and for kids to take notes.  It is helpful to be able to read the writing of older generations.  It is also to helpful for things like signing one’s name.

Recent studies have shown that fluent cursive writers have better mastery of spelling and sentence construction, barring any learning differences.

Further research indicates that handwriting, not keyboarding, activates neural “circuits” that helps students to better recall and retain information

 Students who take handwritten notes retain information longer and understand information better.  Those who typed information performed lower on tests. 

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