Curio Critique # 7: When handwriting matters!

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Sl. No. Curio Book Title Year of Publication
7 The Practical Teacher- A Monthly Magazine and Review For The Schoolroom And The Study Volume XXIV July 1903-June 1904 1904

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An article in the Practical Teacher (1903-1904) makes a reference to a study on handwriting in Belgium.

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George Bernard Shaw, in his 1912 play Pygmalion, wrote of “the beauty and nobility, the august mission and destiny”, of human handwriting.
A hundred years after the study on handwriting conducted in Belgium, Psychology Today published an article on handwriting.
Dr.J.Richard Gentry in an interview said:
Handwriting is crucial because recent brain scan studies have shown that early handwriting skill helps kids learn to read. Keyboarding doesn’t have this effect.

Ten years later, a research on 3000 preschool students in the US by Laura Dinehart, an early childhood professor, of Florida International University found that students with better handwriting scored higher on standardized tests and received better grades in both reading and math.

The following observation on the importance of handwriting appears in the website
of the institute of handwriting technology, Write Right :
When anybody writes it is just not the use of a pen and a pencil on paper, but it is a process that involves coordination between the mind and motor actions of the brain. The brain conceives a thought and directs hands and fingers to reproduce these thoughts in the form of words or sentences, with the help of a writing instrument on a writing object....We can draw an inference ...if one has good handwriting skills, it has invariably been observed that he/she also has a better thought process.

Mr.Rafiullah Baig, the founder Director of the Handwriting Institute of India, floats a catchy slogan: “Change your handwriting...change your life!” . For change to happen, Grapho-Therapy, the scientific method of writing which alters the stroke formation to bring about a required change in personality is administered.

Curio Quest Should schools be directed to pay attention to developing handwriting of pupils? How can this issue be properly addressed in the age of Information and Communications Technology?

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