I took keyboarding in grade 9. It was supposed to teach me touch typing. It didn't. But I can type quite quickly now. So, what happened?
When I was in my last year of high school, I discovered the World Wide Web. And chat sites. They looked nothing like they do now though. But, if you wanted to "talk" to people you had to type quickly. Sadly, most of the people I was talking to were my high school friends. I'm not sure why we didn't just pick up the phone. I'm glad things played out the way they did because now I have mad keyboarding skills. ;D