A new exhibition traces the remarkable evolution of writing. Cameron Laux picks 12 highlights offering insights into one of humanity’s greatest achievements.
The grip that cursive has on teaching is sustained by folklore and prejudice.
Debates about the future of handwriting (and cursive more specifically) has grown ever since keyboarding demanded a space in the school experience. Proponents of handwriting defend their stance in many ways, and advocates for burying the practice of cursive or handwriting at large have a response to each one.source
Steve Wheeler argues that handwriting is all about personal preference:
Are you more adept at typing on a keyboard, or handwriting? Which can you use more effectively to articulate your ideas? Which offers the most provisionality (ability to change, edit, add, delete etc)? And which mode enables you to capture your ideas more quickly? There are clearly other questions we could add, but I hope I have shown that the choice is down to the individual. The ultimate question is whether the next generation of students are going to choose to write their notes by hand, or use digital technology for note taking. I believe it will be overwhelmingly the latter option.source