Does Handwriting Matter Anymore?

Alessia Andreotti
June 27th 2014

Handwriting or keyboarding? The personal touch of pen and ink VERSUS the efficiency and productivity of digital word processors.

According to scientist, writing by hand carries particular cognitive benefits by stimulating parts of the brain that key-clicking doesn’t touch. But many educators think handwriting doesn't matter that much.

Via New York Times: “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.”

Where in the society of the digital era does anyone write by hand?
Computers are everywhere, in every profession. A job candidate with a flawless handwriting style has no competitive superiority over one who precisely types 60 words per minute.

Given that being able to compose at the keyboard is so necessary (and inevitably), will handwriting soon be history?

Related post: Why Handwriting Must Die
Source: New York Times

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