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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "With the perspective of forty plus years since my graduation, I would say the single most useful course I took in high school was a business class in touch-typing that gave me a head start for writing and with computers that I have benefited from my entire life, so it was with particular interest that I read Gordon Rayner's essay in the Telegraph proposing that schools add a mandatory course in touch typing to the four cornerstones of education: reading, writing and arithmetic. "Regardless of the career a child takes up when they leave school, a high percentage of them will use a keyboard in their daily work, and all of them are likely to use a keyboard in their leisure time," writes Rayner. "Touch-typing would help every child throughout their lives — so why are our schools so blind to this?""
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Should Touch-Typing be Mandatory in High School?

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  • Why should there be a mandatory course for that? Yeah, let's put kids on the computer for another few hours per day. They just don't need the course. They might not be typing from the "home row" but all the high schoolers I know type faster than I do without a class.
  • I transcribe footage for reality TV post-production. I type damned fast. My dad put me on Mavis Beacon software when I was 9 and I took a couple years of typing in school. I don't know anyone besides myself that would get anything about of being able to type faster than they already can. Most people type exactly as fast as they need to. Some people ask me "How can I learn to type fast?" I say "Spend a couple weeks with software that teaches you exactly how to do it and stay disciplined, going slow at first.

  • ...all "hunt-and-peck" working programmers!

  • I believe there should be a mandatory course, and when I was in my first year of High School you had to do a "computer skills" class which was all about effectively using word processing and learning to type correctly - you bitch and moan about it at the time but I know I am much better off and very thankful having done it. I am yet to see any of the most talented two finger destroyers that come close in speed and productivity to the casual touch typist.

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