Why Teach Handwriting in a Digital Age?

June 30th, 2016

YoungAuthors_400x300A recent New York Times article again raised the question since fewer people are using cursive these days (some even struggle to be able to read it). With our technologically-driven society, why does Trinitas continue to teach cursive (or even manuscript) handwriting? Simply put, it’s good for the brain. The act of forming letters by hand in manuscript and in cursive activates and develops parts of the brain that help students become better readers and writers. (Cursive offers additional benefits compared with manuscript.) The cultivation of discerning readers and persuasive writers isn’t something that occurs only in Trinitas literature and composition classes (and history, and logic, and Bible); it’s even built into our handwriting curriculum. It is also worth noting that students are likely to retain information better if they take handwritten notes rather than notes using a keyboard. Perhaps a point worth passing on to your high school and college students.