Don’t our children learn this in school?
You may be surprised that the answer is “No.” Once upon a time, indeed, typing was taught in school. Also new standardized testing are taken on computers even at elementary school ages. The California language art sections requires third graders to write three short pieces, while fourth graders are expected to write a full page in one sitting. So if your student is pecking at the keyboard on a timed test they will not do very well and students who struggle with typing would simply run out of time and not finish the exam. Additionally in a recent study of 1000 teachers k-12 they indicated they are assigning more homework and a lot of it requires writing.
Why touch typing, you ask?
More commonly referred to today as –“keyboarding,” this skill needs to be mastered by all students more than ever, and at all ages. In order for children to be successful later in life, this skill needs to become second nature to them, so they won’t be distracted from their lessons while trying to type using the “hunt–and–peck” method. Educators agree that children who can type will have a big advantage over those who can’t.
Today children are most often first introduced to computers at home, long before they start school. However, they aren’t necessarily taught proper keyboarding techniques, and bad habits quickly set in. Since most schools no longer offer “typing” classes, teachers assume their students come to class already proficient in this skill. School computer labs no longer offer keyboarding classes either. Again, it is just assumed that students somehow already know how to properly manipulate a keyboard, while in reality the majority of students just “make do,” and this quickly handicaps their efforts.
With proper keyboarding expertise, students can focus on lesson content and the work at hand, not keyboard distractions.