“Handwriting dynamically engages widespread areas of both cerebral hemispheres. Virginia Berninger, a researcher, and professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington says that brain scans during handwriting show activation of massive regions of the brain involved in thinking, language, and working memory.” The act of putting pen to paper and utilizing the techniques of cursive handwriting help tie-together what one writes and reads for better comprehension. It also stimulates creative thought and development. Learning to touch type on a keyboard is an important skill that should be learned, but not at the expense of other tactile skills that are just as important.In speaking with a local school teacher, Noel Clark indicated that due to the additional curriculum requirements of Common Core it was difficult and at times impossible to integrate handwriting and penmanship into lessons. As a result, Clark, like many educators nationwide have started and maintained afterschool clubs and programs to teach cursive handwriting to interested students. Many times, these programs are not funded and the teachers are participating without pay. Mrs. Clark has seen marked improvements in student’s literacy since starting the program and sees a noticeable change in the student’s attitude toward learning as well. Cursive handwriting has been thought to help ease symptoms of learning disabilities like Dyslexia and Dysgraphia. Dyslexia affects reading, spelling, and writing. It is caused by a functional disconnection in communication between the language and auditory centers of the brain. This is mentioned briefly in an article from the Brain Balance Center, which discusses that learning to write in cursive can improve these communication deficits, creating a stronger association for learning and memory. (Brain Balance Centers, 2014) Dysgraphia is a difficulty with handwriting. In researching Dysgraphia, the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario website gave a good explanation of this condition. Dysgraphia is believed to involve a dysfunction in the interaction between the brain systems that allow the translation of thought into written word. (Ruthmary Deuel, 2015) Dysgraphia interferes with a student’s ability to express ideas. For some, the act of remembering where to put the pencil and how to form letters can derail the thought that the student may want to express. A student with this condition can many times be considered or labeled as non-productive or lazy as assignments are often incomplete.