Recent research suggests that writing by hand helps one retain information, something to do with the fact that a letter drawn by hand requires several sequential finger movements (involving multiple regions of the brain) as opposed to a single keyboard tap. How often have you heard someone say (or said yourself): "If I'm going to remember that I'll have to write it down." Nevertheless, some respected academics such as linguist Dennis Baron argue against handwriting. In his book, "A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers, and the Digital Revolution," he compares the reaction against computers in the classroom to the anxiety and outrage that often follows the introduction of new technology (Thierer). The printing press, he says, was described as disrupting the "almost spiritual connection" between writer and page; the typewriter was considered "impersonal and noisy" as compared to the art of handwriting (Thierer). A debate wages as 45 states adopt school curriculum guidelines for 2014 that exclude cursive handwriting, but do require keyboard proficiency by the time students exit elementary school," (Coyle). If research is finding that cursive handwriting has many benefits, I do not understand why more educators and parents are not making efforts to reinstate this skill back into America's school systems. A ninth grade teacher said that many Americans are not aware that today's' modern youth do not know how to read or write cursive (Arcomano). Could it be true that the majority of parents are clueless to the fact that their student(s) do not know how to read cursive? What will happens when children want to learn about their ancestors and the only documents they find are written in cursive? I found many forums and articles that argue that children will not be able to read the U.S. Constitution some day. But we must look at the bigger picture. American children are losing an important skill that helps their brains, motor skills and emotions develop.