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Cursive Handwriting and Other Education Myths


Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus, 2016: "Teaching cursive handwriting doesn’t have nearly the value we think it does.

To me this symbolizes all that is wrong with the strange obsession shared in many countries about how children learn to write. Often we teach them how to form letters based on the ones they see in their earliest reading books. And then we tell them that they must learn this hard-won skill all over again, using “joined-up” script. Yet there is no evidence that cursive has any benefits over other handwriting styles, such as manuscript, where the letters aren’t joined, for the majority of children with normal development.

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