Learning how to type properly is critical for several reasons. While most kids and adults can learn to hunt and peck on their own, real typing speed depends on proper technique.  And speed is important because youngsters should learn how to think and compose at the keyboard.

       The problem is that we can think much faster than we can put words down on paper.  Just watch a child struggle with a handwritten assignment.  He knows what he wants to say, but it takes him so long to get it down, and he has to concentrate so hard on the mechanics of writing, that his thoughts often get lost in the process.

        While we will never be able to completely close the gap between thought and recording speed, a fast typist comes a lot closer than a slow one, and even a slow typist can do it a lot faster and more neatly than someone writing longhand.