Celebrate the Day!


From Edda Manley:

January 23rd is National Handwriting Day, the birthday of John Hancock writer of the most famous signature in America.

Celebrate that you are able to write by hand! Handwrite a note to a friend, family member or colleague. Did you forget to contact someone during the holiday season?  Today is a great opportunity to handwrite a short note to them.

 Realize while you are writing:

- Handwriting is one of the most complex skills human beings are able to accomplish.  Chimps were able to master using an ipad in 30 minutes.

- According to research done by Dr. Karin Harman James, more adult like brain connections are formed when young children write by hand.  These connections  are not formed when children use a keyboard or are read to.

- If you can't write in cursive, you are also unable to read anything written in cursive.  Today we have many younger teachers who are not able to read cursive handwriting.  The Latin based language countries (60% of world population) still honour cursive writing and ensure that their students are proficient in it. That's our competition for jobs in the future global marketplace.

- Creativity and innovation are highly valued today.  When you write by hand YOU have created this, so you ARE creative.

- Writing out your feelings/ expressive writing promotes wellness.

-  Handwriting helps to keep your brain sharp!

A quote from one of North America’s leading neuroscientists, Dr. Norman Doidge:

"Some neuroscientists say if cursive disappears, those cognitive skills will simply be replaced by new ones, just as they have since humans began leaving their marks on cave walls.  No doubt cognitive skills will be replaced by new ones.  But, isn't it irresponsible to promote such changes without understanding if these changes are beneficial or harmful to the learner?  It is quite possible that by relaxing handwriting standards and also by reducing practice time for penmanship, we may have hampered and in some cases damaged the learning process."