Why learning longhand writing is important

A while ago I was talking with a friend. She has two children. She was telling me that she didn’t want her kids to learn longhand writing. She felt that the time could be spent more profitably learning other things. After all, who writes in longhand anymore?

I got to thinking about this. Here’s what I think.

Want to increase your IQ? Then learn new ways to manipulate your hands.

It has been discovered that a significant chunk of your brain corresponds to manipulating your hand. Every time you learn a new hand movement, you create new neural connections in your brain. Thus, you become smarter!

So, I think that children should learn to write longhand because longhand requires learning many sophisticated hand manipulations. And as we’ve just seen, perfecting new hand manipulations will yield new neural connections in the brain.

In other words, developing the skill of longhand writing makes kids smarter.

3 Responses to “Why learning longhand writing is important”

  1. suppose Says:

    Children not learning how to write in longhand is another symptom of “new and advanced” elementary education. This kind of reasoning, if that’s what they call it, is responsible for the horrendous high rate of students who never learn to read and write, but because of political correctness they graduate them anyway. This spills millions of people into our society who are crippled for the job market.
    Political correctness is the new religion that has bee mandated by the politicians and the mainstream media.

  2. Jen Burke Anderson Says:

    I find it interesting nowadays how people seem to use “political correctness” as a convenient catch-all scapegoat to blame for any particular thing in society they happen not to like.

    And what the hell does it even mean anymore? Bandying the phrase about is itself a form of politcal correctness, a refusal to truly engage or analyze anything.

    Let’s assume you’re using it in the cookie-cutter Fox News sense of a Liberal Elite cadre who overrun everything with their darned intellectual values of reason, critical thinking, and individual growth.

    OK. I am a liberal. I live in San Francisco. All of my friends are liberals who live in San Francisco or Berkeley.

    And not a single one of us advocates leaving longhand writing out of a child’s education. In fact, this is the kind of thing we talk about constantly. We think it’s insane. We advocate having a child’s public school education include music, art, creative writing, field trips, and a wide variety of problem-solving skills that will give them the tools they need to develop as individuals. Unfortunately, policy makers do not feel the same way, and no, the policy makers are not us.

    I think the removal of longhand writing from school curricula has more to do with our automatic tendency (and Bill Gates’s haranguing) to see technology as the answer to everything and to cave in to something that’s new, bright, flashy, and makes a helluva lot of money for certain people.

    The other problem is the punitive policy of turning public schools into nothing more than standardized-testing mills, and I believe that policy did NOT come from liberals. I have never met a teacher who did not despise standardized testing.

    So rather than pointing a finger at a “political correctness” that doesn’t really exist, can we instead embrace and demand genuine intellectual values on a mass scale to the point where government and democracy will have no choice but to respond?

  3. MisterM Says:

    The original post suggests that longhand writing is important not because it is inherently useful, but because “sophisticated hand manipulations” make you smarter.

    I’m all for kids being smarter. But lots of activities require hand work. Why not let them do something relevant?

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