Monday, January 22, 2007

Lack Of Cursive Is Bad For Kids And Handwriting Analysts

HINSDALE, Ill. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Learning the wavy motions of cursive in the classroom may be a thing of the past, according to one handwriting expert.

That’s the word from Rose Matousek, an Illinois-based handwriting analyst who says teaching writing through printing and typing instead of cursive may be harmful to kids and also draw down her handwriting business.

Matousek says many teachers don’t know how to write proper cursive, so they choose to omit it from the curriculum entirely, teaching only printing and typing on computers instead.

Says Matousek: “Cursive is about upstrokes and downstrokes and the extension and release of the hand. Printing words or typing them on a computer doesn’t offer this sort of rhythm, body and brain stimulation, and kids don’t learn as fast.”

She adds, “It’s a shame because you can tell a lot more about a person through their handwriting than you can through their typing.”

By the way, National Handwriting Week starts today.

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