Well, lo and behold, it has now emerged that more than a few first year secondary students in Britain and in the United States are experiencing difficulty with cursive writing (joined up writing).
The problem has manifested itself in a number of ways. The most common was that many children were unable to clearly understand what was being asked of them when their teachers wrote out homework instructions on the blackboard.
It seems many youngsters learn how to make their letters but then, even at young ages, do most of their work on keyboards and when they are required to write or understand cursive writing they are left struggling.
Most schools are now alert to the potential problem and are taking steps to remedy the situation.
As well as that, experts say that printing letters and writing in cursive activates different parts of the brain. Learning cursive is good for children’s fine motor skills and writing in longhand generally helps students retain more information and generate more ideas.