I was not a great student at school. In fact, I’d go so far as to say I was a pretty shitty one. While I loved the social aspect of school, I hated the scholarly part of it. I hated studying and very few of the subjects appealed to me.
But there was one subject I’m so glad I took!
At the time, my choice was a lazy one! I wanted to take subjects, aside from history and biology, that wouldn’t require a lot of studying. So I chose typing! Because the other non studying subjects were a NO! (Home economics for one)
BEST DECISION EVER!
This was way back in 1988. There was no internet and a personal computer was almost unheard of. I learned to type on one of those old bash em typewriters. The one with the long leaver you had to swipe to go down a line, the type where you had to roll your paper into the feed and if you didn’t do it just right, all your typing would be skew on the paper!
I remember about a year after I started learning to type, our school got an upgrade and all the bash em typewriters were replaced with electronic Olivetti ones! SUCH excitement! No longer worrying about getting your fingers jammed between the hard, metal keys!
Fast forward 30 years…..
And I’m so damn glad I took that subject. I went to an all girl school and typing was pretty much seen as a subject that the girls who planned to be secretaries and PA’s would do. Being a typist was still seen as potential job!
HA! Who is laughing now?
Not me and my 65 word per minute typing skills as I sit in front of my laptop and bash out words at what is considered fleunt/fast typing speed, while my husband sits next to me doing his one finger typing…..
What got me thinking about this…
I belong to a parenting group on Facebook that is for parents of slightly older children. A question cropped up on the group about whether or not typing was still offered at schools and if it should be considered a life skill (in an all boys school). What was interesting to me was how, when I was growing up, typing was not offered as a subject to our brother school, or any all boys schools that I’m aware of and yet, here we all are today, using computers and wishing we could touch type faster and more accurately. Every single (woman) on the group that had taken typing in school concurred that it was probably the most useful subject they’d done at school.
I know schools these days don’t offer typing as a subject but do offer Computers, I just really hope that touch typing is a skill that is taught because it is so incredibly necessary and useful in our modern era.
Does anyone know?
Can you touch type?