I'd say it's more important for kids today to type fast than it is to learn cursive.
As we move into the era of smartwatch-driven communications, along with all of the pressure against anyone who steps behind the wheel of any vehicle to become "hands-free", I'm rather curious. Why do you not feel the art of typing is also a dying requirement in society?
I know we've all been talking about the death of the keyboard for quite some time now. I tend to finally see that on the horizon. At one point we all thought Dick Tracy was the only lucky guy to own a watch like that, and voice recognition solutions aren't getting weaker.