Too much technology is bad for the brain

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A New York Times article last week argued for the importance of handwriting instruction. Therein Maria Konnikova made a strong case, supported by several research citations, that cursive writing should not become a relic of the past. She wrote, "New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep."

The threat to handwriting comes from the sharp turn toward keyboarding. The controversial Common Core, for example, gives scant attention to handwriting, evidently not seeing it as among the skills or experiences of any importance to growing brains. But Konnikova and the research she cites point to the critical cognitive processes involved in writing and suggests we ignore this at significant peril.

Konnikova's article, despite the quotation above, doesn't provide any surprising or new evidence. Thoughtful educators have been aware for many years of the perils of surrendering real human experience to the facile seduction of technology.

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