Researchers Point To Links Between Handwriting, Cognitive Development


The New York Times (6/3, Konnikova, Subscription Publication) reports that as schools across the country abandon handwriting instruction beyond the early grades, in favor of keyboarding skills emphasized by the Common Core Standards, some researchers argue that “it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past,” citing new research touting “links between handwriting and broader educational development.” The Times reports that studies indicate that students “learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand” and “remain better able to generate ideas and retain information.”