When I was in high school, I took college prep courses. The other track for girls would have been the office/secretarial/business courses, such as shorthand, typing, filing, and bookkeeping. I had no interest in any of those classes, except for shorthand, as I felt that would help me with note taking in college. So, I took shorthand in my Junior year. The trouble is, part of the class involved transcribing shorthand and typing it up--usually as a letter. As everyone else in the class was in it for the 'secretarial' aspect, some of the girls felt as if they were at a disadvantage if I was allowed to hand write the transcribed letters.* So, I was forced to take a typing class.**
Our school offered two types of typing classes: regular, office typing or a 'personal' typing class. I enrolled in the 'personal' typing just so I would get the fundamentals for college and my shorthand class. I HATED it. I NEVER became a 'touch' typist--I ALWAYS had to look at the keyboard, which, of course, kept my 'words per minute' count very low. My OCD kept me from 'just typing' to get my speed up--I NEEDED to get everything perfect and couldn't type just anything to be fast. I passed the class, but not at a level I ever was happy with. To this day, whenever I type, I need to watch the keyboard. But at least I'm not getting graded on it anymore. :D
*As it turned out, I was one of the top students in the class DESPITE my not being able to type that well. I guess the girls who thought they could derail me by having me type didn't count on my perfectionism, which helped my letters be exactly what the teacher wanted.
**For those too young to know, typing was done on a machine called a 'typewriter.' This was what we used back in the day before computers. ;D