“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated. There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain. And it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn’t realize. Learning is made easier.”
Not many people write in cursive anymore. Some people can hardly print.
Recently, I had a millennial fellow do some work at my house. I handed him a check and asked him to write his name on it and – he couldn't.
I was shocked.
This guy was a college graduate and he could not write his name.
Yesterday, was national handwriting day.
The goal of that celebration is to get people to reconnect with pens, paper, and pencils. It's time to celebrate cursive writing and improves their handwriting skills.
Now you may be saying cursive handwriting, what's that?
Or there's no value in writing cursive, we just type it on our keyboard.
Some people see no value in cursive writing.
Are you one of those people?
Are you part of the anti-cursive crowd?
Many state education departments no longer teach handwriting.
Psychologist, Stanislas Dehaene, at the College de France in Paris states that,
Recent studies show that students are missing information when they type class notes. Handwriting increases retention. It also increases the ability to understand what is written. Typewritten notes are great for reciting but they are lacking when a student is asked to explain concepts or thoughts.
Old-school copywriters still preach copying great sales letters by hand.
One of my mentors insists that if you want to become a better writer that you must do it with pen and paper in hand – cursive handwriting, not printing.
Let me share this bit of wisdom that you can take to the bank.
“If you want your writing to be persuasive you take the time to pen your ideas in cursive. If all you can do is type or print, be content to earn a Pauper's rent” – Matt Furey