The Sunday edition of a Toronto newspaper contained a fascinating, disturbing story on high-school students who are quite literally incapable of signing their own name. Alas, that would seem destined to include most children: The art of writing longhand is no longer required teaching in most Ontario schools. For today’s teenagers it’s at best a distant memory; for tomorrow’s it will be something akin to hieroglyphics.
Does the physical act of writing by hand trigger different thought processes? Does hand writing encode information differently? Does it affect memory?