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The Handwriting Experience

Via Brad Dowdy, New York City schools are reintroducing cursive instruction into 3rd grade curriculum.

Most of the quotes focus on the legal value of cursive, but I find this point from the 2016-17 Department of Education manual most important:

Evidence reveals an advantage for handwriting using pen and paper over keyboarding for students in grades 2 to 6 for amount written, rate of word writing, and number of ideas expressed.

Handwriting is part of the experience of thought, in a way that typing is not. Personally, I find that cursive feels like part of thinking more than print.

Avoiding handwriting is avoiding thought.