Amazing Kids! Magazine

The Write Choice

By Abigail L., age 11, Colorado


We are letting the use of technology evolve over handwriting, but is this a smart idea? No, handwriting should never be erased. While technology overtakes many things, handwriting helps kids learn reading better than other ways of learning.

According to The New York Times, What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades by Maria Konnikova, Dr. Karin James’s 2012 study proved that, “children who typed or traced the letter or shape showed no effect”. Not only does handwriting guide kids to success, but it steers collegians to “A”s too. A 2014 study reported that college students who took long handwritten notes did better on a test than college students who typed their notes. And it’s not just children and collegians who benefit from handwriting; “Adults studying new symbols, such as Chinese characters, might enhance recognition by writing the characters by hand, researchers say. Some physicians say handwriting could be a good cognitive exercise for baby boomers working to keep their minds sharp as they age.” (The Wall Street Journal, How Handwriting Boosts the Brain by Gwendolyn Bounds)

So, although the use of technology is the new thing, handwriting should never be extinguished by it.