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Finland Says Goodbye to Cursive Handwriting

3 AUG 2015
Career Path : Education News
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According to The Guardian, Finnish schools have begun phasing out cursive handwriting classes in favour of keyboarding skills. The main reason for this decision is based on the fact that texting, typing and tweeting have all become primary means of communication in our modern world, making cursive handwriting somewhat irrelevant. Additionally, while cursive writing is difficult for children to write and for teachers to read, printed handwriting and typing are both much clearer alternatives.

Minna Harmanen, a member of Finland’s National Board of Education, says that from 2016 onward, students will only be taught print handwriting as well as keyboarding skills.

Finland is one of the first countries to remove cursive handwriting classes from its curriculum. In fact, the country is also among the first to make a move away from handwritten work and towards digital communication.

Some neuroscientists have found that cursive handwriting is actually important for improving brain development, motor skills, self-control and dyslexia. However, Harmanen says that the change will help Finnish students excel in school, the workplace and beyond.

Are you for or against the move towards digital communication?