I know that we live in modern times where more people type on their laptops or even dictate what they want to say to their smartphone rather than pick up a pen and write, however, I’m still a firm believer in cursive writing. I love to write. I love the way that the ink makes beautiful marks on the page, and it allows me to really express myself through the flow of the text rather than just looking at a screen.
My friend at college really struggles to read a cursive script – so much so, in fact, that he really can’t manage to decipher the teacher’s notes on his work! This makes me really worried about the future of cursive writing in our school system since I believe firmly that cursive writing holds the key to so many facets of our education.
So, why is cursive writing so important?
Integration Of Knowledge
Cursive writing trains our brains to integrate tactile and visual information while developing our fine motor skills. Education isn’t all about testing knowledge, it should be about developing a greater capacity for acquiring that knowledge.
Learning How To Write
It has been proven time and again that there is a strong relationship between handwriting quality and text quality, and MRI scans have shown that those with lovely handwriting have better cognitive skills and greater creativity.
Of course, it would be foolish to suggest that none of us should ever type, since quite clearly computers are more essential than ever in today’s society, however, the benefits of handwriting mean that we should endeavor to write by hand as often as possible. Writing letters helps young children to recognize them more quickly.
Evidence has shown that when we write things down we learn them more quickly and more effectively. Students have been proven to learn better when they take down handwritten notes than when they type them up on their computer. This is because writing is a slow process and allows us to commit things to memory more efficiently. Handwriting also boosts paraphrasing and summarizing skills and accelerates learning.
Cursive script requires synchronization and this means that more of the brain needs to be used to accomplish it. By integrating sensation, movement and thinking, cognitive function receives a boost.
Helping With Special Needs
People who have dyslexia can be helped by practicing their cursive script thanks to its kinesthetic benefits which installs the recognition of letters firmly in the brain.
As a sensory exercise, cursive writing calms the mind, trains self-control and helps us to reduce our distractions while inspiring creativity.
Active Brains In Old Age
Cognitive decline is lowered in older age thanks to cursive writing. Older people who practice their writing will suffer from less mental problems as they age if they continue to write by hand.
Creation Of Unique Works
Having your own style of writing is essential to taking ownership of your work and to creating something beautiful and unique of your own. It is almost like playing a song of your very own, but on a blank page, and what could be more wonderful than that?