Cursive provides Cognitive Benefits



Cursive does something to the brain that type can’t do, so why is cursive being phased out?


One can write cursive faster than manuscript or type. Studies have shown that cursive engages students, providing individuality and “ownership.” There is a direct link to the hand’s movement and the brain when comprising the thoughts of the brain. “Virginia Berninger, a professor at the University of Washington, reported her study of children in grades two, four and six that revealed they wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus with a keyboard,” according to Psychology today. “There is a whole field of research known as “hepaticas,” which includes the interactions of touch, hand movements, and brain function.[5] Cursive writing helps train the brain to integrate visual, and tactile information, and fine motor dexterity. School systems, driven by ill-informed ideologues and federal mandate, are becoming obsessed with testing knowledge at the expense of training kids to develop better capacity for acquiring knowledge.”

Many schools dropped cursive from the curriculum years ago. Some educators believe that “It really doesn’t matter if it’s manuscript or cursive,” “It is kind of silly, in a way, that you have state legislatures getting all tied up in this.” This is the problem we are having in schools today. The direct link to cursive and the function of the brain is no being focused on and the children are suffering by the masses.


Cursive is synonymous to a student learning to play an instrument and the paper and pen are synonymous to instruments. Everyone can not afford and instrument however, everyone has access to a writhing utensil and paper.

With society so rapidly moving, I find it challenging to take the time to transcribe, however I must get back to the basics, the dying form of mental release is slowly being capsulated into electronic devices, students are writing less and less and resorting to typing out thoughts versus cursive or even print. Writing is unique and brands each individual uniquely, affording each author distinct individuality.  Digital type limits the original process.

Cursive, arbitrary aides in the mental process. Research has shown that students do not express thoughts as freely and as in-depth when typing versus transcribing in cursive. The hand motion of cursive allow the brain to connect thoughts and lettering in ways that can not other wise be done through type on a digital device.  thought process free of spelling correction indicators, red wavy lines on the computer indicating error and text that is unoriginal is the luxury that cursive provides. Technologies long term damages are far more costly than society may be aware of. Too much of anything is never a good thing . Technology is a unifying mechanism. Even doctors transcribe using cursive to relay expressed ideas. I remember dating back to when I was younger, recognizing my mohair’s cursive aside from anything that anyone one else had done. I remember merely the sight of her cursive evoked a certain emotion within me, automatically, I would think about her distinct sent and get an automatic visual. her unique character formation spoke to me as if it had tonality and pitch. Cursive is not a dead form of writing and should not be casted out.




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