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Submission + - Should Touch-Typing be Mandatory in High School? 4

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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