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The case for cursive

A Case for Cursive? - NEA Today

There is scientific proof that cursive writing improves creativity, retention, comprehension, fine motor dexterity and increases literacy....

"The tactile practice of handwriting leaves a memory trace in the sensorimotor part of the brain, which are retrieved when reading the letters. In other words, handwriting reinforces reading in ways that keyboarding does not."

“There’s a myth that in the era of computers we don’t need handwriting. That’s not what our research is showing,” Virginia Berninger, a University of Washington professor who has co-authored studies on cursive writing, told the Washington Post. “What we found was that children until about grade six were writing more words, writing faster and expressing more ideas if they could use handwriting—printing or cursive—than if they used the keyboard.”

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