On the web-site for Falconhouse Grammar School in Karachi, Pakistan I noted every frequently claimed benefit of conventional cursive.
“The Mental Benefits of Cursive”
These are the benefits listed: “Ideation, Grammar, Text production, Self-monitoring, Punctuation, Orthographic-motor integration, Planning, Evaluation Spelling.” All are accomplished with any writing by hand.
If by “cursive” the reference is to the currently recognized method of forming letters that employ various strokes to connect all lowercase letters within words, “The Mental Benefits of Cursive” have yet to be proved by research. There are other methods that cursively form letters going back in history to the Romans who gave us the western alphabet.
“Five Reasons Cursive Writing Should be Taught in School”
Reasons listed: “Cursive develops motor skills, Cursive reinforces learning, Cursive helps students with disabilities, Cursive is an art form, Cursive connects students to the past.”
Again, these reasons apply to any method of forming letters. The cursive method remains unproved in actual research, and may or may not ever be proved. I’ll comment on two of the reasons:
Development of motor skills. There is almost no attention given to motor skills in handwriting instruction, at least in the United States. I have been fortunate to be associated with a school that employs many pre-writing activities. It is critical that children’s hands and fingers develop the ability to hold a writing tool in a relaxed manner for ease of writing and legibility at age-appropriate speed.
Handwritten connection to the past takes scholars far back in history, and beyond the cursive commonly known today.
“Research Shows the Value of learning Cursive”
Studies and articles are not true research. Only the last statement has been proved, and here there is no specific reference to cursive: “The regions of the brain are…activated during handwriting but not during typing.”