Life Skills For Kids – TYPING!

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)


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? 

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  • The Blessed Barrenness
    Reply The Blessed Barrenness

    I had no interest in going to university when I was a teen, a decision a regret today.

    February 6, 2018 at 8:30 pm
  • Nicky Elizabeth Davis
    Reply Nicky Elizabeth Davis

    Good ol Miss De Bruyn!! When I broke my arm I could only type with one hand. It killed me that I could not touch type!

    February 6, 2018 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply MamaCat

    I cannot touch type, but over the years, I have managed to learn a weird version of it. Not 65 words per minute, but I can get by. I do think it is a valuable skill, as many people underestimate how long typing an email takes, and also, being able to do so, without errors.
    Our school does not offer it. They do Computers, but it is not the touch typing thing.

    February 7, 2018 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Jodie

    I taught myself to type and it’s the best thing I could have ever done. Our first computer at home was a Mecer and it came with two free CDs – one being Mavis Beacon (I still remember the name!!) which was a game to learn to type. I would sit for hours playing and at the same time learning to type. I type very fast now and it helps a great deal. People are constantly amazed at my typing skills. I think that it’s a great skill for both boys and girls.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:05 am
  • Reply lindasjournal

    I would love for typing to be a school subject – even if it is just for a year. I did not do typing, but if I could go back I would choose it in a hearbeat. It is such a great skill to have especially in this day and age.

    February 7, 2018 at 9:27 am
  • Reply Sandy Becker

    I LOVED typing! Only prize I ever won at a prizegiving was for speed in typing – LOL!!!

    February 7, 2018 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Nikki

    Best thing my mother made me do! She sent me on a typing course after I finished school. It was one of those intense 5 day courses where you typed (on electric typewriters) to music. By day 5, I was so aggravated by the school-marm who came around to check that we were typing, and the awful music, that I typed rubbish for 4 solid hours. Who was I kidding?!? To this day, I can’t type numbers. BUT, I typed my own honours thesis on a typewriter. I think I was the only student in my class that did it. I type way faster than I write, so lectures are a breeze. 🙂

    On a different note, I have so many kids that I see with writing and spelling problems and it would be great if they could type on a computer or even an iPad, but they find it so difficult to type because they are unfamiliar with the keyboard layout. I really wish that typing games/apps were included in the computer lessons.

    February 7, 2018 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Heather

    I actually landed up doing it as part of my Journalism 1 course at Rhodes but we only had to do 25wpm but I still consider it a very useful skill. At school you had to choose between maths or typing so it was seen as a better choice to do maths. But anyway I am glad I did it eventually.

    February 9, 2018 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Debbie Thackeray

    This is a bit of a sensitive subject for me. We could only take Maths if we got over 60% so my 58% was not enough. I was forced to take Typing as a standard grade subject and it also squashed any desires i had of studying anything medical. I was so bleak. Now i can also type super fast and its def come in handy but Maths or Typing….thank god things have changed for our kids!

    February 21, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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