Do You Remember Taking Typing Classes On Actual Typewriters?

Do You Remember Taking Typing Classes On Actual Typewriters?

Once you got the hang of using a typewriter, the movement of your fingers across the keyboard made it seem like you were making music.

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With time comes progress. Children are now attending online classes from the comforts of their own home. Yes, there's no denying that the educational system has changed, rather drastically, over the past few decades. Projectors and tablets have replaced the humble chalkboards, and hand-drawn images have been replaced with GIFs and illustrations. One such thing kids these days will have no clue about is the humble typewriter. Rember all the clacking it did? You would if you've ever had the opportunity to use it. 


Back in the day, people had typing classes with a real typewriter. It was fun and informative at the same time to learn about the home keys and tips on how to reach some of those really tricky keys. Do you remember the first time you had a typing class? Well, there have been studies that said kids in the third grade could make the best use out of these classes, but further studies revealed that kids in the first and second grades could also benefit from it. Kids were taught how to type without looking at the keys, and for a beginner, there was nothing harder than that. 


Not to mention just how hard it was to correct a mistake, which is probably why most of us have become quite careful. Who would want to spend time rectifying a simple mistake by either starting over or using white ink? But there's just no denying that crunching down on those keys gave one an immense satisfaction, something these laptop keyboards will never be able to give us. Once one got the hang of using a typewriter, the movement of fingers across the keyboard made it seem like the user was making music. These skills were rather important, too, because it helped students master the English language and spellings. 


Even today, don't employers ask us about our typing speed? This does make one wonder where it all began. According to Britannica, there were a couple of attempts to invent the typewriter all through the 19th century. However, it was American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes who managed to patent the firs typewriter in 1868. Soon, his model became very popular and was sold commercially all over the world. In 1873, Latham signed a contract with the E. Remington company, which resulted in the typewriters being rebranded as simply Remington. 


The Atlantic revealed that students during the 1970s and 1980s were the last to have typing classes with electric typewriters, as they were soon replaced by computers. However, kids born between 1977 and 1985 had both computer and typing classes. However, back then, using a typewriter was considered to be a secretarial job, thus feminine, and so the students were mostly women. That soon changed, and it became a skill that was important for everyone to acquire. These classes honestly used to be a lot of fun and I owe it to these classes for helping me pick up the basics of typing. 


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