You'd think cursive doesn't matter anymore, but it does

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  • KateGladstone ALBANY, NY
    June 6, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    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 used.)

  • Mormon Book Worm ----------, UT
    June 5, 2014 3:27 p.m.

    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 sloppy anymore.

  • Ethel Home Town USA, UT
    June 5, 2014 11:44 a.m.

    "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!!

  • MissTeaching Layton, UT
    June 5, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Utah Native Farmington, UT
    June 5, 2014 10:42 a.m.

    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.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    June 5, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    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.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    June 5, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    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 function.

  • sgerbil Bella Vista, AR
    June 5, 2014 8:07 a.m.

    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.