Thursday 28th May 2020

5 myths about cursive

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If you Google “benefits of learning and writing cursive” you will find numerous blog posts that emphasize the benefits of learning cursive handwriting. I’m not telling that Cursive isn’t good, but those posts are somehow overrated.

Recently, I watched some interesting thoughts about cursive that how and why learn it. Let’s dive into this controversial topic!

People who give much advice on how to write cursive for no reason at all


...And this type of thing is everywhere.

#Myth no. 1  It Improves neural connections

I mean it develops sensory and motor skill. Humans level of sensory-motor can be always improved on it with practice. Sensory and motor integration provides the foundation for our development and learning. Sensory activities involve basic sensory stimulation like what we do with five senses. Our Motor skills include our physical activities and movement. It includes crawling, walking, running, gesture, posture, handwriting, and speaking.

 It’s not mandatory that you have to write in cursive. 

Handwriting engages our brain and areas of both cerebral hemispheres. Though it’s proven that handwriting is better than typing. It’s not necessary that you need to write in cursive. Cursive takes too long time to learn. Even if you stop practicing it, you’ll forget it soon. There are so many things you can do to improve your motor skill without cursive, like Jigsaw puzzle, painting, chess, building blocks, etc.

There is an article about improving motor skill by other activities.

You can observe this when teaching a child to throw and catch a ball. Think about how things go on in the brain as learning is in progress. The brain is creating new circuitry for what is seen and the speed and timing of movements of the ball. This circuitry is the lasting part of the brain. So, learning to write by hand has these same features.

Read this if you want to know more about developing the process of motor skills.

#Myth no. 2 Cursive improves reading ability

Some argue that cursive helps in reading script. But it is somehow lame. To read cursive, you need not to learn writing cursive. There are many people in other languages don’t know to write cursive, still many can read cursive without writing skill.

Some say that it’s a part of history, but if it is outdated, why nagging it again and again?

Those, who are bothering that kids will be cut off from history. Calm down guys, reading cursive isn’t that hard. If anyone wants to learn history they can learn.

#Myth no. 3 It increases creativity

Creativity is widely generalized. Anyone can be creative in their own way. Some will be actors, singers, artists, musicians, magicians, etc. Creativity doesn’t depend on cursive. Cursive writing can help but sometimes it becomes a trouble for students to learn it. If anyone wants to learn it depends on them. Cursive or print is just a matter of choice.

But the truth is It wastes valuable learning time. Anyone can get the benefits of handwriting without writing in cursive.

The case of kids having dyslexia is rare. All kids don’t have dyslexia. You can read an article about some scientific fact.

#Myth no. 4 Increased writing speed

People assume cursive is faster. You don’t need to lift your pen off the paper between letters. But sometimes writing looks horrible if every letter is stick with each other.

A point to be noted: The students who wrote in a mixed style of handwriting were faster than those who write in strictly cursive or strictly in print. Individualized style had more legible speed in handwriting than cursive. Consider these issues and choose your own style.

It turns out there is some research out there on this particular topic. There have been several studies that have that cursive is not faster than printing too.

Some people questions which handwriting is good for exams?

The type of handwriting does not really matter more than your correct content.

write neatly and legibly.

write with maximum speed and comfort.

Examiner doesn’t give mark on handwriting he marks the correct answer.

Handwriting Matters; Cursive Doesn’t

Tell me Why do so many cursive letters look so different from their print version?

Isn’t it confusing?

To the point, it's hard to know what's actually true!

#Myth no. 5 They can’t make signature

Some people are bothered about the signature. Cursive just looks nice for the sheer beauty of it. Flawless cursive really makes a nice impression. But if your cursive writing is a mess then you should stick to printing.

Penmanship is a thing that makes you exclusive, but don’t bother with signature.

Author Kate Gladstone puts it in an opinion on The New York Times, “Mandating cursive to preserve handwriting resembles mandating stovepipe hats and crinolines to preserve the art of tailoring.”

In this digital age, a signature is also digitalized. Even you can see that bank accounts are becoming app-based eSignature.

A digital signature is an electronic form of a signature. it can be used to get the real identity of the sender of a message or the signer of a document. The original message or document that has been sent will be unchanged.

DocuSign is the most popular eSignature solution in the market. The software is easy-to-use and integrates with a wide range of tools

 Docsketch is web-based only. Docsketch offers a generous free plan to customize the type of document they're signing.

There are many more app or webpage to make a digital sign.