We had one of those old typing machines at home (so, not even an electric typing machine). You had to pounce really, really hard on the keys for the ink to stick on the sheet of paper (and if you were too quick, the machine got all mangled up so you had to unravel it).
Many people couldn't handle typing with ten fingers because they didn't have enough strength in their little finger. I have long fingers so that helped.
On the keyboard of a computer, you can fly over the keyboard, you barely have to touch the keys. If you'd apply the same sort of strength on modern keyboards you needed for those old machines, you'd destroy them within weeks, I reckon.
You can still recognise people who have learned how to type on old machines by the heavy pouncing on the keys.
Originally Posted by Andreea
The way of having schools classes in West makes me
Well, I'm talking about the school system for kids aged about 12 to 18.
For the ground schools (6-12), there is no option either. Every kid has the same courses, except for the kids with special needs/learning difficulties who go to specialised schools.
For what we call the middle schools (12-18), that's where you need to pick and select. Nowadays, you have to make a choice on the direction of your studies from the start (aged 12). When I went to the middle school, the first two years (12-14) were the same for everybody so that you could make a more informed choice on the direction of your studies in your third year.