Putting Education Reform To The Test

The Connection Between Handwriting and Reading

Zaner-Bloser Publishing

Sometimes it’s best to do things old school.

That’s a conclusion one could draw from an Indiana University study on the importance of teaching handwriting over keyboard skills, according to a story from our friends at StateImpact Indiana.

IU psychology professor Karin James says research shows letter writing activates portions of the brain critical to reading in children.

Like Indiana, Florida has joined 42 other states adopting a set of national curriculum guidelines that emphasize teaching students how to type. Many schools are purchasing electronic tablets, such as the iPad, to replace traditional textbooks.

What do you think of the conclusions? Have schools abandoned traditional skills such as handwriting? What have been the results?


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