Cursive writing makes students smarter. That is the conclusion of numerous studies and the work of William Klemm, professor of neuroscience at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. Klemm explains that learning cursive is an important tool for cognitive development, “particularly in training the brain to learn functional specialization, that is capacity for optimal efficiency.” (March 14, 2013, Psychology Today).
When children learn cursive writing, their brains develop the ability to integrate sensation, movement control and thinking. “There is spill-over benefit for thinking skills used in reading and writing. To write legible cursive, fine motor control is needed over the fingers,” Klemm writes.
Indiana’s current academic standards do not require the teaching of cursive writing, but it should be part of every elementary language arts curriculum for the reasons Klemm cites. Sen. Leising is addressing the gap in our standards in a responsible way with wide public support.