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Why Learning to Write by Hand Matters

Education Week

As a middle school learning-resource teacher, I cannot help but notice the increasing number of students who cannot print or write in cursive legibly. At our independent K-12 school of about 1,000 students, the number of individualized education programs with the diagnosis of dysgraphia, a learning disability that affects writing, has increased significantly in recent years. While statistics on the overall prevalence of dysgraphia — also sometimes referred to as written output disorder or graphomotor weakness — are hard to find, more and more middle school students cannot legibly write by hand.

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