News By/Courtesy: Lia Jils | 07 Oct 2020 11:38am IST


  • The outdated skill of writing by hand or cursive writing should be continued in schools.
  • Neurological benefits of writing by hand increases when one writes in cursive.
  • Cursive writing helps one to recall information faster.

We all think of cursive writing as an outdated skill. In 2010 the Common Core standards dropped it as a requirement in elementary schools. But recent studies show that the old form of handwriting is very important than what we think. Cursive writing helps the brain to learn and recall information faster and better. While using a pen or paper our brain hooks on memories, while writing by hand creates much more activity. This opens up the brain for learning. The brains of 12 children, 12 young adults were studied when they wrote in cursive, typed on a keyboard, drew visually presented words using a digital pen and touch screen or traditional pen and paper and the results determined that cursive handwriting resulted in increased brain activity in the parietal and occipital areas of the brain. This activity in particular brain areas is important for memory and encoding new information.

There are a lot of differences between handwriting and typing on a keyboard. Keyboard and pens bring into various underlying neurological processes. Children take several years to learn how to hold a pen firmly and operating a keyboard is all different, one has to press the right key and type whatever letter they want. The study was conducted by Van der Meer and her colleagues, and he wants the schools to understand the importance of cursive handwriting rather than depending on keyboards and technology. Many schools in Norway completely skipped handwriting and solely depended on technology. Handwriting not only improves one's physical handwriting but also results in better quality compositions. It is because low-level skills take up extra brainpower. When a child masters and faces academic challenges self-confidence increases and the child knows that achievement is possible. Neurological benefits of writing in hand increases only when one writes in cursive. 

When compared to writing, cursive writing is even more beneficial because movement tasks are more demanding, letters are less stereotypical and the visual recognition requirements create broader letter representation. By learning cursive writing, a child discovers important tactics for learning as well as the emotional benefit of being able to master a task. Not only this, but there are also other studies throughout many years that have shown the importance of handwriting when it comes to cognitive function and actual learning. But in the year 2020, authors and scientists recommend keeping cursive writing in school. Writing by hand is vital in a learning environment to facilitate and optimize learning and other skills.


This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.


Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 08 Oct 2020 17:27pm IST

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