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LETTER: Typing skills are important, says writer


It’s amazing how many people can’t properly type these days-myself included!  

Celeste Loughrey

In my defense though, my remote (but wonderful) high school didn’t implement typing classes/courses until a few years after I left.

By the time I started taking business courses in colleges, I had already developed my own fast way of typing with only using a few fingers at a time, but I HAVE to look at the keyboard.

I have written many an email, poem, article and short story this way.

But, now the time has come where I’m moving on to another career where typing properly is a must — 60 words per minute (WPM) without errors. During my lunch and at night I have been practicing with an online typing program for beginners.

I’m doing pretty good but it’s going to take some time — time is running out as I need to have typing down path for my next course in January and it’s a requirement.

After discussing this with a few of my colleagues, they tell me stories of how new students coming out of high school, college and even university, going into the workforce, can’t type properly these days.

They use the one, two, three finger method too but at a slower pace. The young adults are so used to texting and social media communicating that they lose what typing lessons they may have taken if even offered/available.

It’s so true that ‘one can learn something new every day.’ I just learned the keyboard I’m using is a ‘QWERTY’ type … who knew, not me!

My friend and co-worker pointed it out on my keyboard and phone-she said “didn’t you ever hear of phone commercials advertising that they offer phones with ‘QWERTY’ type keyboards.” (probably a few years ago as touch screen is all the rage now) and I said “no, I have never heard of that!”.

Am I the only one who was totally oblivious to this because I didn’t take typing courses before I wonder?

There are software apps and devices out there now where what you say will be typed out for you, but as long as we have our fingers, hands, and eyesight (they do have Braille keyboards) there is no reason typing should ever be totally eliminated and be a thing of the past — in my opinion.

So my hope would be that our school systems would bring back ‘old fashioned’ but ‘proper’ typing classes in school.

If there is a form or petition for me to sign to implement this, I would love to know where I could sign my name!

— Submitted by Celeste Delaney-Loughrey, a former resident of Northern Bay. She now resides in Ajax, Ont.

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