I had some good courses in college. But the most useful was a year long course on advanced first aid which ended with me getting a Civil Defense medical responder card (remember – this was 1966). I thought – I’m an Eagle Scout – this’ll be a snap. It was not. But the knowledge gleaned from this course has come in very handy over the years.
Of all the subjects I endured in high school — far and away the best course I ever took was typing. It was called “touch typing” – a skill developed by Frank Edward McGurrin (a Salt Lake City court stenographer) in 1888. Thank you, Mr. McGurrin! I use this skill every day. In abundance. . . . .
I am able to type the way one was meant to type. Accurately. Fast. Fingers flying (whooosh!). None of this two finger business. I often type my own letters, lengthy reports and loquacious emails at a speed of perhaps 60 words a minute with minimal error. Rarely looking at the keyboard. Typing. What a value-added learning tool for a young person today. But do schools teach typing the way they did? I dunno but if not, it belongs on the menu.
By the way – do you know the longest word in the English language that you can write using the letters on the top row of a typewriter or keyboard? “Typewriter.” Yep . . . .