Although the article promised quotes from "some psychologists," the
closest that any person quoted comes to being an actual psychologist is Dr.
William Klemm, a veterinary neurologist at Texas A & M. One
person isn't "Some." A veterinary neurologist is not
"psychologists."Furthermore, those following Dr.
Klemm's PSYCHOLOGY TODAY writings on cursive (there have been several, all
through his blog at the PSYCHOLOGY TODAY site) should read the comment-threads,
not just the article — because people commenting on these articles have
pointed out (in extensive detail) where and how Dr. Klemm is misquoting and
otherwise misrepresenting the research sources he uses, in order to make those
sources appear like support for cursive. (For instance, studies that compare
print-writing with keyboarding are described as if they'd compared
print-writing with cursive: by the simple method of changing a word here and
there. Studies which found _no_ advantage for cursive over the other forms of
handwriting are described as finding one or more advantages for cursive. Studies
which cannot be manipulated by a simple change of a few words are simply not
I think that we need to keep reading and writing cursive. It's a beautiful
way to write, and it sure helped me with my regular handwriting. I'm not as
"When cursive writing is mastered, it enhances smoother brain function."
Amen to this comment by a teacher. There are more benefits to learning cursive
than the keyboard. Keyboarding had its place. But the underlying concept to
the keyboard or printing instead of cursive trumps the psychological benefit of
handwriting. I studied graphology, or the science of analyzing the
written word. So much of a person's character and personality comes
through in that signature alone. A person who prints all the time loses their
identity. Yes. Imagine that. Those persons are also easily influenced
unfairly without the defense of expressing themselves in the written word.People can actually improve their personality quirks by writing
bigger,or making their loops to go up or down more. I learned in a class that
writing longer(increases self-confidence) loops and going higher with your
cursive can open up your ability to receive prosperity. Just a minor thing like
that can and does work. Someone plunking away at a keyboard could lose out as
mentioned in their development. the red flag of Common Core shows
it ugly head when that group in favor of eliminating cursive instruction. Wee
must not lose it!!
I wanted to teach cursive, but there was no time to do so. Language Arts, Math,
and Science are what matter because that what was my students are tested on and
it reflected on me. I rarely even had time for Utah History. So frustrating. One
other thing, just in case it comes up: Teachers are accused of teaching to the
test. What else are we suppose to do? Teach to the non test? There are no
handwriting or cursive tests at the end of the year, so it falls into the time
of ages past. Sad.
Not all students have the technology available to them to produce neatly typed
papers for every assignment. Writing exercises still happen in many core
subjects, and when a student turns in an illegible written response, it's
more than taxing for a teacher to try to decipher the script. Besides, your
penmanship is something that's unique to you. Nothing unique about Times
New Roman or Arial.
If you think writing is passing into the annals of history, check out the sales
of pens and pencils. Bic sells 14 million pens every day worldwide. Nothing is
so frustrating at work than to see someone stand at a white board and try to
write some information that is barely legible.
I agree with these observations entirely. When I was teaching school, I learned
about a study that indicated that cursive writing enhances brain cell flow (so
to speak). The psychologist explains it much better than I can, but I believe it
to be true. I think it also has an effect on behavior. When a student is able to
express himself while focusing on the cursive flow of writing to put words on
paper, there is satisfaction and calming effect. I have seen students of both
genders struggle mightily with learning to write nice flowing cursive. Then I
have seen them improve and be much happier with themselves. I doubt that can
ever happen with putting words on paper with a keyboard.Too much of
what happens in the classrooms now is so fast paced it does not help create a
feeling of contentment and well-being. Too much of classroom activity causes
stress over happiness. By happiness I don't mean having fun, but feeling at
peace with oneself. When cursive writing is mastered, it enhances smoother brain
I think learning to read and write cursive is important, but it have no problem
with it getting less time than it did when I was in school.