There are many people who can not write in cursive today as well as many who can not read cursive. There are a myriad of reasons why this is so. Perhaps the biggest reason is because very little time is spent teaching cursive handwriting anymore. Some teachers do not know how to write in cursive because it is not taught as a part of the schooling for elementary educators. Does it matter?There is a lot of controversy about the importance of learning to write in cursive. Some people think it is outdated and unnecessary. Others think it is still relevant and important to education. For certain it should not be dropped from elementary curriculum without knowing what, if any, impact it has on the learner. To know how learning to write in cursive and learning to only print or text effects the brain and thus the learning process we turn to the experts, in neuroscience. There are many neuroscience research studies demonstrating how the act of learning to write in cursive enhances the learning process itself. You can find a wealth of information on this subject by simply entering learning to write in cursive and what neuroscience studies have to say about how it effects the brain.
A couple of places to start are:
What Learning Cursive Does for Your Brain, published on March 14, 2013 by William . Kiemm a professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University, published in Memory Medic
Printing, cursive, keyboarding: What's the difference when it comes to learning?
a study by Indiana University neuroscientist Karin Harman James written by Tracy James and published in IU Home pages
Handwriting in the 21st Century/ an Educational Summit
I look forward to your questions and comments on the value of learning to write in cursive.