Education: Faster Typewriter

More than ten years ago Dr. August Dvorak (no relative of Composer Dvorak), a professor of education at University of Washington, invented a new typewriter keyboard which he proved was faster and less fatiguing than the old standard keyboard designed in 1868 (see cut). But so far only 1,000 machines with the Dvorak keyboard (available from most typewriter manufacturers) have been sold. Dr. Dvorak had about despaired of teaching old typists new tricks when last week University of Chicago reported remarkable success in teaching the Dvorak system to children.

In the University's demonstration elementary school, pupils are taught typewriting from grades five...

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