There is in fact one thing that almost everyone wants – but it is not what you might imagine.
It is something that some students do get offered in schools but some don’t. It’s simple and straightforward to offer, and could be made available to everyone. But it isn’t.
This much wanted “something” is… touch typing.
Parents know from their day to day experience that in almost every workplace the ability to type fast and accurately is valued.
Students find that when writing essays, if they can touch type they can then focus on the construction and meaning of the sentences, not on the means of getting the text onto the page.
What’s more, many businesses check applicants’ typing speed and accuracy at a job interview, no matter what the job, since in offices and factories almost everyone uses computers all day long.
So, we might ask, why don’t more schools teach touch typing?
In fact a substantial number do, but those who don’t tend to give two answers when asked why they don’t.
The first is the lack of time. Given the enormous benefit that touch typing brings in speeding up the student’s note making and essay writing, as well as the subsequent benefits at university and/or at work, it is odd that the subject is not on the national curriculum – but it isn’t. And time is at a premium.
However, taking a student up to 70 words a minute or more makes such a huge difference to the student’s performance that they recoup the time taken very quickly. On a time basis, touch typing is a good investment.
And indeed, if there really isn’t any time within the school timetable for the subject to be taught, the students can do it during lunchtime or at home.
Which brings us on to the second point. If the school can’t afford to run touch typing courses, then most schools find that many parents are willing to pay – again because they know through their jobs just how valuable touch typing is as a skill. (Indeed those who can touch type will also know just how quickly the skill can be learned by students who really want to do it).
The touch typing programme that a number of schools now use is provided online – which makes it very simple for everyone to access either within the school or at home. It is provided through an online service called ‘Type-Net’ that provides keyboard skills training for pupils and staff along with other related benefits. What’s more, it is available at a price that makes it a no-brainer, and that’s certainly what we all want.
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