In an article written in The Economist in September 2016, there were two points that have drawn the teaching of penmanship back into mention. One is the reaction to the Common Core curriculum requiring legible handwriting to be taught only in kindergarten and first-grade. In the proceeding grades and on, the adoption and emphasis are on teaching keyboarding skills only. The other is that Employers are looking to hire new staff that has the ability to write quickly and legibly in cursive, employing the use of software for handwriting recognition. This software allows for the gathering and distribution of information much quicker, seemingly rendering screen-based virtual keyboards ineffective. In addition, many workers are more mobile than office-based and are using technologies such as smartphones and tablets, replacing laptops and typewriters. As mentioned in the same article, a number of school boards have started a move towards a returning to the basics including time spent learning longhand. More than half a dozen states including California, Massachusetts, and North Carolina have made teaching cursive handwriting mandatory in their public schools. More states are currently discussing similar measures.Cursive handwriting has many benefits to students. Handwriting helps with coordination and fine motor skills. William R. Klemm states in an article in Psychology Today, “Most parents observe this when teaching a child to throw and catch a ball. Think about what is going on in the brain as such learning progresses. The brain is creating new circuitry to evaluate what is seen, the speed of what is seen, the movements required, and the speed and timing of movements. This circuitry becomes a lasting part of the brain.”This is also true with handwriting. The hand-eye coordination is different for every letter and the movements are variable when writing. Handwriting is more challenging, as the student is making continuous strokes opposed to the single strokes of printing. Students may learn to read more easily as letters in cursive are more distinct than printed.