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"Were you taught Typing in School?" - And other archaic things you can't believed you were taught

I can't imagine what kids today are learning in school. Everyone just assumes that the educational system is somewhat close to what they remember themselves growing up. But as I sit here and type out this post, I remember sitting in second grade learning about Home Keys, how to place your hands on a typewriter, and how to type without looking at your fingers while looking directly at the text you were transcribing. I distinctly remember an Open House at my school and my mom and grandparents as tickled as they could be watching this super serious second grader sitting at a type writer and demonstrating his skills, hitting that return bar with such fervor. But to this day, forty years later, I am still using those skills. What are some of the more archaic things you remember learning in school that you seriously doubt are taught anymore?

by Anonymousreply 159November 30, 2023 9:12 PM

Do you take dictation, too, Miss OP?

by Anonymousreply 1November 19, 2023 8:25 PM

You’re only 47? You don’t seem a day under 80. 😁

by Anonymousreply 2November 19, 2023 8:26 PM

Typing was my most useful class in high school. I actually learned how to do it properly.

I graduated in 2008.

by Anonymousreply 3November 19, 2023 8:28 PM

Ninth grade, Mrs. Davison was the teacher.

by Anonymousreply 4November 19, 2023 8:28 PM


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by Anonymousreply 5November 19, 2023 8:30 PM

Flunked typing like most guys. Had to pay some girl .25 a page to type up my term papers all thru college.. Quite the cottage industry back in days of yore.

by Anonymousreply 6November 19, 2023 8:32 PM

I hated typing, but I'm glad I took it, because if you haven't noticed that's the way we communicate with the world these days

by Anonymousreply 7November 19, 2023 8:33 PM

I had straight A’s in middle school. I got a D in typing, because my teacher was a punk assed bitch. He said that I looked at the typewriter. Who cares?! I was fast and accurate. He just disliked me.

My mother literally cried over that D.

by Anonymousreply 8November 19, 2023 8:34 PM

Yeah, typing was actually useful. I feel bad for people who do the two-finger, hunt-and-peck thing on their keyboards.

by Anonymousreply 9November 19, 2023 8:36 PM

I took typing class in High School. I also would take a smoke break between classes at our school sanctioned smoking patio. Hey, it was the 70s.- we could do whatever the Hell we wanted.

by Anonymousreply 10November 19, 2023 8:36 PM

We had typing classes as well, but on behemouth IBMs. We had to keep dish towels over our hands while we typed. We got to play Oregon Trail if we finished early.

Things we were taught that no longer is (I'm 36): learning to tell time on analog clocks at 4 or 5; cursive (was mandated on all written assignments and we actually had a 'penmanship' class in grammar school); the Dewey Decimal system; Home Economics and Shop; how to read a map; Latin.

Though I don't believe any of those skills are useless now. I still write in beautiful cursive and still use many of the things I learned in Home Ec (the perfect no-flour peanut butter cookie recipe, proper laundering techniques, how to replace a button). And if I was driving through an area where I had no phone service, I could easily navigate using a map.

by Anonymousreply 11November 19, 2023 8:43 PM

Op I graduated in the 90s. It was called keyboarding. We used a computer.

by Anonymousreply 12November 19, 2023 8:44 PM

Eldergay here.

I refused to take typing in high school and regally announce to all my friends that I would never have a job where I needed to type . . .

by Anonymousreply 13November 19, 2023 8:46 PM

The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

by Anonymousreply 14November 19, 2023 8:48 PM

Were you taught to finger your pussy in school? How archaic!

by Anonymousreply 15November 19, 2023 8:50 PM

In my Junior High School in the 6th grade the BOYS had to take sewing class. I was no Richard Simmons when I was 11 years old but it did not rub against my grain to use the sewing machine and such. I'm sure my mother approved because two or three years earlier she had my brother and I do needlepoint at home- I enjoyed that as well.

by Anonymousreply 16November 19, 2023 8:51 PM


Ni havis klasojn en Esperanto en bazlernejo.

by Anonymousreply 17November 19, 2023 8:52 PM

I only took introduction to typing in the 10th grade. Since I did not have a typewriter of my own and didn't get to keep it up, to this day I still use the hunting and pecking method.

by Anonymousreply 18November 19, 2023 8:53 PM

Learning to type properly was one of the best classes I took in high school. I’d a few years of piano lessons as a kid prior to that so I picked it right up and won all the speed tests. I still type about 110 wpm to this day and, of course, utilise that skill every day.

I’m embarrassed for people who pick away at keyboard with their index fingers. Total idiots. Take a typing course. It’ll increase your productivity both personally and professionally immeasurably.

by Anonymousreply 19November 19, 2023 8:55 PM

Everyone at my college prep-school took typing in 9th grade because, starting in 10th grade, we were required to type all of our English & History essays/papers, and Science reports. (as that was what would be expected of us in college).

My graduating class was the last class to take "typing" on typewriters (IBM Selectrics, baby!). The following year, the school switched over to computers (Commodores, I think?) and called it "Keyboarding".

by Anonymousreply 20November 19, 2023 8:58 PM

In my school, typing was for “business students.”

by Anonymousreply 21November 19, 2023 9:01 PM

Why R19......so we can bang out clever remarks to people like you faster?

by Anonymousreply 22November 19, 2023 9:02 PM

One of the most useful classes I ever took was typing in summer school - in our district, it wasn't remedial or to make up credits. It was essentially to keep kids occupied during the summer.

The other class that turned out useful was Home Ecconomics in 7th grade. The choice was woodshop or Home EC, and you got to eat the stuff you made in Home EC. It taught me the basics of cooking and sewing such that I can follow basic recipes and do simple stuff like sew on loose buttons and fix a hem if necessary.

It was essentially a few key modules of what they would call "Adulting 101" these days.

by Anonymousreply 23November 19, 2023 9:07 PM

Yep. Ninth grade, 1987/1988, on an IBM Selectric just like R20. I swear I'm not making up this next part: My typing teacher's name was Mrs. Handy.

by Anonymousreply 24November 19, 2023 9:10 PM

You’re going to defend hunt & peck typing, r22? What a moron. A Datalounge moron, but still.

I learned touch typing at age 40. Computers weren’t going away, but secretaries probably were.

by Anonymousreply 25November 19, 2023 9:11 PM

Learned on a manual typewriter in high school.

by Anonymousreply 26November 19, 2023 9:15 PM

[quote] In my Junior High School in the 6th grade the BOYS had to take sewing class.

Sewing is one of the six industrial arts.

by Anonymousreply 27November 19, 2023 9:18 PM

[quote] - And other archaic things you can't believed you were taught

Oh dear.

by Anonymousreply 28November 19, 2023 9:18 PM

I wouldn’t classify learning to type as archaic personally. Weaving tapestry on a loom perhaps.

by Anonymousreply 29November 19, 2023 9:22 PM

Yes, I took typing in 9th grade back in '84 and learned 10 key by touch, which served me well in the retail and office jobs I held while going to college and beyond.

We also had to take Cooking 101 and learned how to scramble eggs and bake sugar cookies (that's all I remember doing).

by Anonymousreply 30November 19, 2023 9:23 PM

Typing in 2nd grade? Come on. Kids that age don't yet have the coordination to really type on a standard keyboard and their hands too small.

One of the best classes I took in high school (required in 9th grade). We had manuals and Selectrics so we rotated. The teacher played "Tea for Two" to help with rhythm. One of our exercises was typing the sentence "It is so sad to hear that all the oak rooms in the inn are clean" ten times. I remember the sentence because it makes no sense and I went through a small OCD phase as a teen where I type the sentence repeatedly on almost any surface for almost a year.

by Anonymousreply 31November 19, 2023 9:24 PM

I wish they had taught us proper stenographer’s shorthand when I was in elementary / middle school. It would still come in handy for me today. When I’m in a meeting or on a work call, I can’t type quickly enough to take notes of the conversation and still pay attention to the discussion. Hand-writing my notes is even worse — my chicken scratch is completely illegible afterwards.

I graduated college in 2008, so most of my schooling was pre-internet, pre proliferation of computer usage for taking notes and stuff. We learned and had to use cursive when I was little, which I think made sense and was still a useful thing to teach while so much daily life was still transacted on paper. But even cursive is too slow in a world where I’m expected to take my own notes and transcriptions of live conversations.

by Anonymousreply 32November 19, 2023 9:24 PM

Never took typing, and I can only type with my right hand. Typing was a (and still is) a chore for me (I have a form of Erb's Palsy). Used to pay a friend in college to type papers for me.

Because of word processors and computers, I typed my in grad school.

by Anonymousreply 33November 19, 2023 9:27 PM

I loved shop class and learned some handy skills.

by Anonymousreply 34November 19, 2023 9:35 PM

I took typing class but was a miserable failure. I had previously taken piano but even with piano I learned to play by ear because reading music was not intuitive for me.

by Anonymousreply 35November 19, 2023 9:38 PM

I was in high school in the late 80s. I took typing. Once our school got computers, they changed the name to “keyboarding”.

Yes, it was a flyover school.

by Anonymousreply 36November 19, 2023 9:38 PM

I guess that should be “intuitive to me.”

by Anonymousreply 37November 19, 2023 9:39 PM

My mother was jealous of my talents and wanted me to become a secretary. I grew my nails so I couldn't learn typing.

Did I ever mention what a jealous cunt my mother was?

by Anonymousreply 38November 19, 2023 9:49 PM

[quote] The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

The sentence is supposed to be in the present tense, otherwise you don’t get to practice all the letters of the alphabet. That fox jumps over that lazy son of a bitch, r14.

by Anonymousreply 39November 19, 2023 9:54 PM

I learned how to make a pillow from 2 decorative washcloths and a piece of foam in Home Ec. I also learned how to make an ash tray in shop class. I never took typing because I assumed it was for secretaries. I really regret that decision today.

by Anonymousreply 40November 19, 2023 9:57 PM

[quote] I really regret that decision today.

Never too late to learn to type, R40.

by Anonymousreply 41November 19, 2023 9:58 PM

[quote]I never took typing because I assumed it was for secretaries. I really regret that decision today.

It's never too late. I learned at 40, and I'm so glad I did.

by Anonymousreply 42November 19, 2023 9:58 PM

I learned to hook up a four-mule team. (really)

by Anonymousreply 43November 19, 2023 10:00 PM

[quote] learned 10 key by touch

I taught myself the 10-key touch thing. I do a lot of financial stuff, so it helps.

by Anonymousreply 44November 19, 2023 10:02 PM

[quote]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 45November 19, 2023 10:06 PM

When was the last time an isosceles triangle came up in a conversation *you* were having?

by Anonymousreply 46November 19, 2023 10:12 PM

Typing might have been one of the most important classes I took. I can type faster than I can dictate, so it's great for me at work.

Also, when I watch a GenZillenial typing, all I can think is "you stupid horrible person making us all wait while you stab out 'Introduction' with one finger".

by Anonymousreply 47November 19, 2023 10:18 PM

[quote]The sentence is supposed to be in the present tense, otherwise you don’t get to practice all the letters of the alphabet.

Thanks, R39! Now I understand why I always got a score of 96% on my typing exams . . .

by Anonymousreply 48November 19, 2023 10:45 PM

Were you taught finger fucking?

by Anonymousreply 49November 19, 2023 10:46 PM

In the 1970s in high school typing wasn't a skill that was needed to have to get ahead in the business world. Secretaries, administrative assistants, writers and data input clerks were the primary typists back then. It wasn't until the 1980s when computers started to become common was typing seen as a necessity.

by Anonymousreply 50November 19, 2023 10:55 PM

You sit there typing all day like a fat pigeon.

by Anonymousreply 51November 19, 2023 11:03 PM

I am grateful for the year of typing.

by Anonymousreply 52November 19, 2023 11:04 PM

It’s hard to be humble when you’re juicy

by Anonymousreply 53November 19, 2023 11:09 PM

I wasn’t taught Civics.

by Anonymousreply 54November 19, 2023 11:12 PM

Instead of gym, I got to be the typing teacher's assistant in junior high. I personally could type 125 words a minute. Preferred elite over pica. My class Violet Newstead.

Please hold.

by Anonymousreply 55November 19, 2023 11:20 PM

R55 - I bet you got beat up a lot.

by Anonymousreply 56November 19, 2023 11:28 PM

Typing ended up being one of the most useful things I was taught in junior high. Boys weren't allowed to take home economics back then. We had to take drafting, wood shop and metal shop. I'm afraid those casting molds just didn't become a part of my life...

Sorry, R46/Lily, I actually found trigonometry quite useful in real life.

by Anonymousreply 57November 19, 2023 11:42 PM

Sounds like more of this new fangled woke crap.

by Anonymousreply 58November 19, 2023 11:52 PM

1986 -Girl in our dorm asked if anyone had a typewriter she could borrow. Someone brought her one.

-Where do I plug it in? There's no cord.

-You don't plug it in. It's manual.

-You mean I can take it anywhere? Like I can go type in the park or on the lawn? This is AWESOME! When did they come out with THESE?

by Anonymousreply 59November 19, 2023 11:59 PM

I remember when the week Lake Champlain was to be a Great Lake, my 3rd grade teacher spent half the year taking about it. Yes, she made it that big a deal.

by Anonymousreply 60November 20, 2023 12:03 AM

Typing, Home Economics, Woodshop, Geography (states, countries, capitals, oceans and lakes - with map locations). None of that was taught at my nephew's "good" school.

by Anonymousreply 61November 20, 2023 12:12 AM

I remember in elementary school being taught to 'safely' cross the road holding our right arm stretched out directly in front of us while crossing. We never saw anyone actually do this so we never actually did it. Later on in High School, there was a new student who actually did this. Everyone just stared at her and then burst out laughing. For weeks, other kids walking past her, be it in the school or outside, on the street or not, stuck out their right arm yelling 'DON'T HIT ME! MY ARM IS OUT!'

by Anonymousreply 62November 20, 2023 12:21 AM

I took typing in 9th grade (1968). On a manual typewriter no less.

by Anonymousreply 63November 20, 2023 12:26 AM

I charged my fraternity brothers a Heineken 6-pack for five typed pages…it kept me drunk and happy.

by Anonymousreply 64November 20, 2023 12:27 AM

Were you caught typing in school? Did you finger your pussy too?

by Anonymousreply 65November 20, 2023 12:27 AM

Class of 1977 - I had typing (both manual and IBM Selectric), wood shop, metal shop, Food for Fellows, Intro to Business (checkbook balancing, etc.). Typing was definitely the most advantageous for me. I was hired by the phone company 2 weeks out of high school and had clerical/secretarial positions with various companies until my retirement this year. Male secretaries were far and few between at the time and companies were having to follow the new EEOC requirements. Food for Fellows was by far the most fun class, pot brownies were a favorite! Ha!

by Anonymousreply 66November 20, 2023 12:29 AM

And our typing teacher was a complete moron. During class one day as we were all typing away he was walking around the class watching and running his mouth as usual, and he said "you'll notice your fingers never leave your hands". Mr. Madison thought he was so funny and with it. Looked very much like a chimp, so we nicknamed him "Monkey Madison".

by Anonymousreply 67November 20, 2023 12:29 AM

Typing was one of the most useful classes I had in middle school. We had manual typewriters . Fiurth period. Right before lunch

We proudly got our teacher mr. Hanson, as close to a nervous breakdown as possible . We ripped apart our sandwiches placed the parts on the keys and flung them across the room.

I still remember his voice A STRIKE! S STRIKE

by Anonymousreply 68November 20, 2023 12:37 AM

I had Miss monkey for accounting

by Anonymousreply 69November 20, 2023 12:45 AM

[quote] Typing in 2nd grade? Come on. Kids that age don't yet have the coordination to really type on a standard keyboard and their hands too small.

It certainly was the 2nd grade. I switched schools so many times and I specifically remember what I did at each one. This would have been Moreland Elementary in Shaker Heights Ohio circa 1982. Looking back on it now and hearing everyone say 9th grade, high school, I guess my feet not even touching the floor as I typed made it all the more hysterical the my folks.

And this was in the days where you had the white out paper - Not Even Whiteout liquid - and you had to backspace all the way to the misspelled word, insert the paper and type over the word to make it disappear. And you had to manually set your tabs on both sides.

I’d probably look at a typewriter now the way I look at my clarinet - you mean I used to know what the fuck to do with this thing?

by Anonymousreply 70November 20, 2023 12:53 AM

The worst day in typing class was when Michelle Montpelier came to class sick and during our last typing exercise she projectile vomited right into the opening of her typewriter. The class was excused early and we all couldn't get out of there fast enough to get away from that putrid odor.

We never knew what they did with that machine but it never made it back to our class.

by Anonymousreply 71November 20, 2023 12:56 AM

There was plenty of White Out in 1982.

by Anonymousreply 72November 20, 2023 12:56 AM

What kids don't realize today was how hard you had to HIT the keys to make them strike on a manual typewriter.

And that the little levers that struck the paper sometimes jammed on each other and you had to stop and pry them apart.

by Anonymousreply 73November 20, 2023 12:59 AM

R60, that’s kind of sweet, in a way.

by Anonymousreply 74November 20, 2023 1:04 AM

R72 I guess not for a bunch of jittery arcing graders who might drink it.

by Anonymousreply 75November 20, 2023 1:07 AM

R70, your comment about manually setting the tabs brought back a flood of memories. I loved switching back and forth from the black part of the ribbon to the red part to make the important words stand out.

I was such a gay kid years before I knew I was gay.

by Anonymousreply 76November 20, 2023 1:27 AM

My typing teacher was called Miss Ross.

by Anonymousreply 77November 20, 2023 3:00 AM

I loved the IBM Selectrics.

by Anonymousreply 78November 20, 2023 3:19 AM

I took typing class in 10th grade. I had Driver's Ed as a class in school as well. I don't think that is offered in school anymore.

by Anonymousreply 79November 20, 2023 3:19 AM

My typing teacher used to do weekly speed tests by putting on 45s (remember those) and playing the hits of the day while we typed in rhythm to the song. I particularly remember her using Crocodile Rock...

by Anonymousreply 80November 20, 2023 3:55 AM

The late1960s. In my Spanish class we learned how to make a tortilla. It was one of the few lessons I remember from High School.

by Anonymousreply 81November 20, 2023 3:58 AM

I can't forget the white tape to cover errors...Now, you just tap delete/backspace to correct...Today's children have no clue how easy they have it...

by Anonymousreply 82November 20, 2023 4:31 AM

I learned the truth at 17.

by Anonymousreply 83November 20, 2023 4:59 AM

That love was meant for beauty queens And high school girls with clear-skinned smiles

by Anonymousreply 84November 20, 2023 5:14 AM

No. 😠. I didn’t take typing because I’m so old that we didn’t have personal computers yet and my guidance counselor told me to skip typing and take AP bio (and eventually she had me drop down to part time and take classes at a university instead of going to high school full time) and she LAUGHED when I asked why she had taken typing off my schedule and said “oh honey! YOU’RE never going to need to type! You’ll always have someone typing FOR YOU!”

Well that didn’t fucking turn out to be true! And I’ve tried Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and multiple other things over the years, but I still never learned to type properly and I can type as fast or accurately as anyone around me.

And I think it’s was kinda short sighted and maybe even a little (very) sexist for my guidance counselor to tell me *I* didn’t need to take typing but she didn’t tell the woman who was our Valedictorian and smarter than I am that!! (And that woman knows how to type now!)

by Anonymousreply 85November 20, 2023 5:44 AM

Case in point^ that should have said I CAN’T type as fast or accurately as anyone around me.

by Anonymousreply 86November 20, 2023 5:46 AM

Geez, R85, I would’ve just taken that teacher’s actions as a compliment. If you’re having a hard time learning typing after HS, it’s possible it would’ve been difficult for you during HS.

by Anonymousreply 87November 20, 2023 6:10 AM

We had cooking class, art class, music class where we learnt how to write music and play the recorder as well as elocution lessons.

by Anonymousreply 88November 20, 2023 6:18 AM

I loved using the IBM selectric .. you changed the font by changing the little ball ( italics , whatever ). And I loved the sound. I went through college and law school with typewriters .

When I took the bar exam. I brought three typewriters ( two electric , one manual ). I was so OCD. The rule was if there was a power outage in the middle of the test, you had to finish the exam by hand . Oh, the horreur of it all

by Anonymousreply 89November 20, 2023 6:23 AM

I had a class in speed reading in high school. There was some contraption that was put over the page that covered the sentences so that you had to read them fast before the words were covered.

by Anonymousreply 90November 20, 2023 6:36 AM

Ditto to the stenographer comment and I wish I had taken Latin instead of French.

by Anonymousreply 91November 20, 2023 7:03 AM

I attended school in the hood. In the hood, students are given the bare minimum of resources by freaks who have no right to be around kids

The person who was assigned to teach typing in my school was permitted to strike students with a ruler for perceived behavioral infractions. I was never hit by the person but I was so distracted by the threat of violence that I could not concentrate on learning this skill correctly.

by Anonymousreply 92November 20, 2023 8:48 AM

Locust Valley lockjaw at Hotchkiss. It wasn't spoken in my home. I suppose now kids learn their upspeak and vocal fry on the Intertubes.

by Anonymousreply 93November 20, 2023 8:59 AM

I was terrible in typing class and then ironically the first real job I got was with the local newspaper and I had to do a ton of typing (on a computer by then) and now I type 150 wpm. When I tested for the job I barely could type 30 wpm but they liked me so they let it slide and gave me the job.

by Anonymousreply 94November 20, 2023 9:12 AM

Clearly you're challenged on both counts there, R22.

by Anonymousreply 95November 20, 2023 9:24 AM

What about Mavis Beacon? I think that's the name of the fun typing software that was used in schools. Once you mastered the "home row" with a few drills and games, you were fine.

by Anonymousreply 96November 20, 2023 1:07 PM

I just used the Pythagorean Theorem to figure out what size tarp I needed to order.

by Anonymousreply 97November 20, 2023 1:15 PM

[quote]My typing teacher was called Miss Ross.

I hope you never tried to call her "Diana."

by Anonymousreply 98November 20, 2023 1:16 PM

Type it up NOW

by Anonymousreply 99November 20, 2023 1:24 PM

R79, we had Driver's Ed and 1 or 2 weeks of Driver's Training, where we had driving school teachers come down and give us hands-on lessons... free of charge! Nowadays, parents have to pay some independent company to teach their kids or teach them themselves.

by Anonymousreply 100November 20, 2023 1:49 PM

1980 -Eighth grade sex education. Our flustered middle-aged male teacher taught us how penis size varies by race (Asian, too small. Black, too big. White, just right). The class was all white and all these 13 year old boys reacted with 'that's bullshit! Black guys aren't bigger!'

He also told us that the women in Playboy are actually in their 70s and the photos are all doctored, and the Playgirl are all homosexuals.

by Anonymousreply 101November 20, 2023 3:36 PM

[quote]I bet you got beat up a lot.

Nope. My P.E. was the same period as football practice. So rather than have me just stand around, they made a trade and whatever grade I got in typing was applied to P.E., so straight A+s.

by Anonymousreply 102November 20, 2023 4:03 PM

I was taught how to be a an unfriendly bitch at the workplace by my introduction to business teacher.

by Anonymousreply 103November 20, 2023 4:05 PM

R102 I’m sorry but you are insufferable.

by Anonymousreply 104November 20, 2023 4:39 PM

[quote] I distinctly remember an Open House at my school and my mom and grandparents as tickled as they could be watching this super serious second grader sitting at a type writer and demonstrating his skills, hitting that return bar with such fervor.

Oh, honey, you mean they hadn't already seen you dialling the phone with a pencil?

by Anonymousreply 105November 20, 2023 4:43 PM

I took Personal Typing at some point in high school. It was for college bound students because term papers needed to be typed. I was never very fast (manual) and I remember I actually hand printed a few term papers because it was easier than walking over to the Student Union or Library to borrow a typewriter there. But even back then, the expectation was that we’d soon be talking to a computer like on Star Trek (although it did sound noisy if you were in a room full of people talking to computers.)

by Anonymousreply 106November 20, 2023 5:33 PM

We had to take a business class in high school. We had computers but they still taught us typing. It was just much easier (my teacher used to teach the old typing classes and said on manual typewriters it was a pain in the ass lol). Basically, they taught us the right-hand position and then covered the keyboard with a piece of paper over our hands while they told us to type a sentence. The software was ancient though. Word Perfect, dos-based word processing lol. Now they use MS Office and windows. Fuckers.

by Anonymousreply 107November 20, 2023 5:51 PM

R107 Now they use MS Office and windows. Fuckers.

Are you for real? This has been the rule for 30+ years!!

by Anonymousreply 108November 20, 2023 5:55 PM

I took Personal P.E. It was taught by Coach Carter every afternoon at 2:30 pm underneath his desk. I did a great job. Got straight As!

by Anonymousreply 109November 20, 2023 5:57 PM

[quote]Oh, honey, you mean they hadn't already seen you dialling the phone with a pencil?

Maybe that's why they were so tickled, an extension of the fastidiousness in such a small child.

by Anonymousreply 110November 20, 2023 5:59 PM

r108 I went to public school. I had windows and an office at home. But we were using big ass mono chrome IBM computers running dos. LOL. It was funny because I was also on the school paper and we used Macs. They were bought with money raised vs the shitty hardware we had in class. They upgraded everything after we graduated.

by Anonymousreply 111November 20, 2023 6:24 PM

This thread shines light on ancient people who obviously are still living in the past

by Anonymousreply 112November 20, 2023 6:33 PM

^Time spans a loop. Everything that is or ever ways exists in this exact moment. So the exact same moment you are typing your smug comment r112 you are also long dead in the grave. There is no old or ancient, only now. Time is a construct of this dimension.

Having said that, in the 1st grade at the same school I mentioned I learned typewriting in the second grade, they had JUST introduced TRS-80s in the new computer room. Anyone remember TRS-80s? I think their operating system was Duracell 1.0.

by Anonymousreply 113November 20, 2023 6:39 PM

Yes R113, i had a 'trash' 80 back in the day.

Also, I took typing class in summer school junior year. That was in 1959.

by Anonymousreply 114November 20, 2023 6:53 PM

R118 everything is double bullshit when it spews out of your ass.

by Anonymousreply 115November 20, 2023 6:55 PM

Typing brung back a flood of memories for old kaweeens

by Anonymousreply 116November 20, 2023 6:56 PM

The only thing I could grasp in high school chemistry was the Periodic Table of Elements, so that's what I did my final presentation on. To this day, I can still get every question about it on Jeopardy! correct.

by Anonymousreply 117November 20, 2023 7:12 PM

What number is Stanfordium, R117?

by Anonymousreply 118November 20, 2023 7:16 PM

I wasn't going to take typing in HS but my Mom suggested it. She was right. I became a secretary and worked my way up and out to a professional position. We also had Home Ec. By the 70s, they also offered Shop to females. I wasn't good at that AT ALL.

I was thankful for the 'motorheads,' the kids who took auto mechanic. I would let them change my oil (free) but refused to let them 'pimp my ride.'

My Mom went to HS in the 50s. She was taught basic bookkeeping and was able to get a job right out of HS. She worked for A&S in their bookkeeping dept.

by Anonymousreply 119November 20, 2023 7:37 PM

R118 It's spelled "Standfurdium" and it's number is "0," but it's not on the table.

by Anonymousreply 120November 20, 2023 8:01 PM


by Anonymousreply 121November 20, 2023 8:48 PM

well fucking bully for you...Im betting you couldn't wait to sit on your bosses lap with little dick up your sloppy ass while you took dictation R19

No one sees me type on my computer, asshole. Its in my den, Im not sitting in the typing pool with schmucks like

by Anonymousreply 122November 20, 2023 8:50 PM

I was not but I took it in summer school because I wanted to be able to do my term papers in college. I also got temp jobs because I could type.

by Anonymousreply 123November 20, 2023 8:52 PM

Rubicam's Business College sucked rocks.

by Anonymousreply 124November 20, 2023 8:52 PM

Yes, I had typing in middle school in the early 70s. We also had a course in 'Consumer Economics' one trimester in HS which was very practical (how a loan works, how to balance a checking account, the perils of a credit card, what was considered in a mortgage, life vs term insurance, etc).

Later in grad school in the 80s my first grad stats class in SPSS/SAS was on the mainframe. Jobs were run on the University mainfame and we'd submit our data runs/command language and come back the next day to see what came out on those 18" wide green/white computer printouts. In my second year of grad school the first SPSS and SAS program came out for PCs and I did not have to wait overnight to discover I missed a comma in the JCL command language.

by Anonymousreply 125November 20, 2023 9:36 PM

I'm posting from my Commodore VIC-20!

by Anonymousreply 126November 20, 2023 10:06 PM

How do we feel about Speedwriting?

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by Anonymousreply 127November 20, 2023 10:07 PM

I remember the Woodshop safety video they made us watch with sawed off/mangled - fingers/hands - blood/gore galore! I was too terrified to chop/saw anything after that! Anxiety the entire term.

by Anonymousreply 128November 20, 2023 10:12 PM

Typing class in 8th grade 1982. Typing is an excellent, lifelong skill. I obtained my first bank job in college using that skill (3rd shift check encoder). And still use it as a software developer today - very fast typist (although I can be lazy about spell-checking non-code when in a rush).

by Anonymousreply 129November 20, 2023 10:20 PM

I've often maintained that typing was the ONLY useful skill I learned in high school.

by Anonymousreply 130November 20, 2023 10:23 PM

Our typing teacher was Mr. Ferry, who pinged from space. Boys could take typing, but it wasn’t until the year after us that boys could take home etc and girls could take shop.

We had mechanical drawing (a waste of time), metal shop (taught by some guy who didn’t seem to car what we learned ad wood shop, which was useful.

Cursive was a waste of time and I can’t believe we were graded on it. Sentence diagramming was another useless exercise. I learned to write well by actually writing and receiving feedback. At least we didn’t have to take phonics,like kids in Catholic school.—that would have been another boring waste of time. Phonics is very helpful for some people who have learning disabilities and need drills to understand sound-symbol relationships. Otherwise it has no advantage over other methods.

by Anonymousreply 131November 20, 2023 10:35 PM

This little gem was useful. Do they still teach it?

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by Anonymousreply 132November 20, 2023 10:47 PM

I wanted to take typing for practical reasons, but knew it would bring down my GPA because of my motor issues and I already had gym class for that. I always tried to take whatever gym option would least require coordination. I really like orienteering. Yoga was fun too.

Like others, cooking was a required course in junior high for everyone. And I took life skills (which was just a less gendered version of home ec) rather than shop after that. I also chose to take the two years of Latin offered.

I missed computers in high school and then college entirely. The brother two years younger than me got to take the newfangled computer classes and owned a TRS-80.

But I knew and loved WordPerfect in the early part of my career. And has there ever been a more elegant database program than Paradox 4?

by Anonymousreply 133November 20, 2023 10:49 PM

You don’t need to take a class tosewon a button. Cooking is mostly being able to read and follow directions.Baking is probably one place where chemistry is useful.

by Anonymousreply 134November 20, 2023 10:55 PM

Oh, I’d been sewing buttons for years. I certainly didn’t need a class for that. We learned proper hand stitching and how to operate a sewing machine and the correct way to iron a shirt.

Oddly, a lot of the grading in cooking was on the order you washed items afterwards.

by Anonymousreply 135November 20, 2023 10:59 PM

[Quote] Our typing teacher was Mr. Ferry

Oh Lord!

by Anonymousreply 136November 20, 2023 11:03 PM

Typing class around 1985 in high school. Learned on a manual and an old electric. Out of all the classes in HS, it is the one skill I still use to this day. I can type fairly fast and that is thanks to the bitchy typing teacher I had who made us do drills over and over. I'm really glad I know it.

I never took any classes like home economics or wood shop or anything like that. I was a band and drama kid so my electives were always those classes. Took drivers education in hs and volunteered to change a tire for extra credit. The teacher was so happy because my friend Alison and I did it together and we were both women so she thought it was great that we were the only ones who volunteered. To this day, I've never had to use the tire changing skill but I'm fairly certain I could do it if I had to.

by Anonymousreply 137November 21, 2023 12:30 AM

Typing led to keyboarding, starting with remote workstations linked to a mainframe. The ability to press data through the screen in English made desktops usable.

My parents didn't teach us to drive, the Driver Ed teacher (who was also the typing teacher) taught us: $40 including the test drive at the Registry in the cars we learned in: mid-60's AMC Classics with dual controls and a Statie with a clipboard in the back seat. With the manual transmission, noted on your license that you could drive both standard and automatic.

My grandmother taught me to cook. I can cook most anything, but don't have to - you can buy it all ready to serve at the store or order in now.

I sucked at Metal Shop but did great in Wood. I still use skills they taught. And still have the tie bar shaped like an arrow on a beveled base.

by Anonymousreply 138November 21, 2023 12:38 AM

The hunt’n’peckers are /triggered/.

R122 was so frustrated after 10 minutes of pecking that post out he gave up halfway through.

by Anonymousreply 139November 21, 2023 1:41 AM

I had to get a state typing certificate and got 88 wpm with 2 errors. They said it was the fastest speed ever recorded. So those of you up there who say you type 110 and 125 wpm are just lying.

by Anonymousreply 140November 21, 2023 1:49 AM

Yep, r138, I was taught to drive on a stick shift and for many years drove them. I often think of going back to one because it pretty much assures you that no one will steal your car because kids today have no clue how to drive one.

by Anonymousreply 141November 21, 2023 8:47 PM

I took typing in 10th grade. It was on manual typewriters (I think our school inherited them from some outpost from the British Raj!!). Clunky old things.

We were taugh to set the tab stops, how to center our text on a page, how to use CARBON PAPER (remember that shit??), etc.

Our typing teacher was quite sweet (she tried to play the strict school matron role). At the end of the semester she had a little party for her typing class. She brought in a bunch of homemade goodies for her students. This was c. 1980.

by Anonymousreply 142November 21, 2023 9:48 PM

Is Mavis Beacon still alive?

by Anonymousreply 143November 21, 2023 10:08 PM

Don’t ask me about Miss Monkey

by Anonymousreply 144November 21, 2023 10:08 PM

R132, I don’t know if it’s still being taught, but there was definitely a new edition that came out in 2018, so someone must still be using it. I suspect it might be college and university students now.

by Anonymousreply 145November 21, 2023 10:18 PM

NO! I went to private schools where 'your girl' would do that for men in professional positions.

by Anonymousreply 146November 21, 2023 10:29 PM

I took typing (on IBM Selectrics) in 10th grade (1985). I think my highest speed has been 72 wpm, but it's probably normally around 5 wpm.

Health was half a semester with CPR ("Annie, Annie are you okay?"), while Driver's Ed was the other half (Red Asphalt, anyone?).

Home Ec was in 7th grade, and we actually all made Baked Alaskas successfully.

Food Trades was available to Juniors and Seniors and was geared toward helping kids get their first jobs. We made lunch for the teachers every day and served it to them in a restaurant setting, even waiting on them. I already learned how to cook growing up, but it was an easy A for me, good food for lunch and I got to learn how to use those huge Hobart Stand/Floor mixers (Father of Kitchen Aid Mixers).

Geometry and Chemistry were my most hated classes, and I believed I received my lowest grades of my entire school career in both. And I really, really regret choosing French over Spanish. That was a severe misstep.

by Anonymousreply 147November 21, 2023 11:07 PM

I grew up in the big city and we learned about street smarts. They don’t teach that where I live now in flyoverstan.

by Anonymousreply 148November 21, 2023 11:11 PM

^^ 55 wpm, not 5 wpm

by Anonymousreply 149November 21, 2023 11:13 PM

No one ever got carpal tunnel syndrome from a typewriter.

by Anonymousreply 150November 21, 2023 11:14 PM

r150 i doubt that's true. it's the same repetitive typing motions as on a keyboard.

I got CTS in both hands and had the operations for them because getting any kind of restful, non-painful sleep was impossible. And i started out on IBM Selectrics.

by Anonymousreply 151November 21, 2023 11:36 PM

Strunk and White’s Elements of Style is still very relevant. More people should read it, apply the principles, and improve their writing.

E.g., use nouns and verbs, rather than adjectives and adverbs.

by Anonymousreply 152November 21, 2023 11:50 PM

some idiot I know loved typing in high school. it was the only subject he got an A in. LOL.

by Anonymousreply 153November 21, 2023 11:52 PM

R153 are you the idiot?

by Anonymousreply 154November 21, 2023 11:54 PM

r154 clearly not. Look at his typing. Atrocious.

by Anonymousreply 155November 22, 2023 6:38 PM

Cursive is still offered as an elective at some schools due to renewed interest/popularity in learning it.

And in California it's actually back on the required list.

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by Anonymousreply 156November 22, 2023 8:55 PM

Good! ^^

by Anonymousreply 157November 22, 2023 9:01 PM

I recall and extremely 'uncomfortable' male substitute teacher mumbling his way through our eighth grade sex ed class. He eventually got rather emotional and told us 13 year olds that the women in Playboy were all airbrushed hookers in their 80s, the men in playgirl were all homosexuals and that while Asians had tiny penises and black men had huge penises.. white men's penises were 'normal'.

Then he started to cry.

by Anonymousreply 158November 30, 2023 9:02 AM

R158 OMG!🥴

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