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7:09 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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By Sara Dayley

Jefferson County, Mo. (KSDK) - Knowing how to type is definitely a helpful skill in the workforce, but is it following the trend of handwriting and cursive and being erased from education requirements?

In Missouri, keyboarding is not a requirement, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Students in seventh and eighth grades have access to the class as one of four exploratory classes and is listed as a resource standard. 

Illinois does not have standards for keyboarding, but the state has typing assessments to make sure students are on track keeping up with the skill requirements at each grade level, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Over the last few years, teachers have noticed many young students are entering elementary school with less keyboard knowledge and some say technology is to blame.

The touch screen on tablets or iPhones takes the skill out of typing, and as a result, students have shoved it to the backseat.

Starting next year, all students in the seventh grade in the Fox School District will be required to take typing. That mandate was put in place because timed standardized testing will be taken on a computer starting in the 2014-2015 school year.

If it wasn't for standardized testing, do you think proper typing technique would be obsolete? The two thumb touch and hunt and peck methods appear to be the taking control of the younger generation.



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