Published on September 1st, 2014 | by Mary Ann Matthews


The Value Of Writing Those ABC’S

By Mary Ann Matthews

Far too often people ask me, “Why do you continue to analyze handwriting? Cursive writing is a lost art. With the increased popularity of keyboarding, i-pads, texting, etc., handwriting is no longer valued. You are flogging a dead horse.”

I disagree.

There have been many cycles of rise and decline in handwriting throughout all of known history. In every cycle of decline in handwriting one thing remains true – those who could not write were always in a worse position than those who could write. We are already in the phase where only those who are wealthier and can afford private schooling, tutoring or home schooling will ensure that their children are able to read and produce cursive handwriting.

Although I deal with printing, scribbling and doodling as well as cursive writing, I want to urge readers to take a look at the value of writing in longhand. Here is some interesting information:

Do you want to be smarter? Just grab a pen or pencil. According to The Wall Street Journal, more and more studies show that good-old-fashioned handwriting boosts brainpower in everyone from kids to seniors.

Handwriting is a functional task. It is a way of expressing thoughts, ideas and knowledge. It is a very complex skill that encompasses visual motor coordination, higher-level cognitive processes, perceptual abilities, tactile sensitivity, kinesthetic sensitivity, spatial organization, temporal control and the integration of written language.

Neuroscience and cognitive science research are providing strong correlations to cursive handwriting, resulting in higher scores in reading, improved eye-hand coordination, and dexterity. The physical activity of writing in cursive strengthens neural pathways and calms the emotional brain.

Writing is harder to forge than printing.

If you cannot sign your own name, you cannot put your own thumbprint“ on critical transactions like a bank loan, a mortgage, a lease, a car purchase, permission for medical procedures, income tax returns, court documents, land deed or a will. Misreading prescriptions and illegible record-keeping can result in costly and potentially life-threatening errors.

Our society continues to value handwritten notes over less personal, typed, or emailed messages.

It would be a cultural loss if our children were unable to read the handwritten messages in family albums, letters from grandparents, and historical documents. The loss of the ability to write by hand will have the most profound impact on our children’s future.

There is no need to give up texting and keyboarding. Why not do both?

We pay a lot of attention to physical fitness and physical workouts these days. Let`s do ourselves a big favour and have a mental workout. Starting writing! The rewards are endless.

Mary Ann Matthews, CGA
Certified Graphoanalyst
Certified Cursive Coach

About the Author

Mary Ann Matthews

A certified handwriting analyst since 1994, Mary Ann Matthews is the owner of Having a background in Human Resources as the Staffing Coordinator for a major real estate developer, Mary Ann’s area of expertise is in compatibility issues – whether it’s learning about that new person in your life, hiring a nanny for your children hiring a new employee, building a team, or finding out why a person gets along better with some people rather than others.

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