Back in the mid-1970s my mum taught me (at the age of nine) to touch-type on a clunky old manual typewriter. I've blessed her for it ever since. I am typing these words at a good 60 or so words per minute without needing to take my eyes off the screen. Imagine how much time I'll save in a lifetime over someone who has never learnt this fundamental skill.
Class teacher, Dulwich Village infants school, London