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California signs cursive writing into law – what are the brain benefits?

California signs cursive writing into law – what are the brain benefits?

From the start of 2024, the state of California reinstated the requirement that first through sixth graders in public schools learn to write in cursive.

The handwriting technique stopped being taught in the Golden State in 2010, but now California re-joins nearly two dozen US states that have made cursive education mandatory in some form. While cursive – also known as joined italics – was momentarily thought of as a dying art in the US, the move by California has reignited debates in both educational and scientific circles about the real value of learning this writing style, the global implications of letting it go and questions about its potential brain benefits.

California-based neuroscientist Claudia Aguirre says "more and more neuroscience research is supporting the idea that writing out letters in cursive, especially in comparison to typewriting, can activate specific neural pathways that facilitate and optimise overall learning and language development."

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