Why are children not taught ABC keyboard?

Why was QWERTY introduced to children who are leaming keyboarding in school and not the usual ABCs?

Hi there,

Some people are afraid of change so they stick to what they already know. Though there might be new layouts introduced, some people would always stay what they were already used to.

Best Regards,
Aidan Bernales
Community Moderator at Typesy

Hello, @geoffreylindsey!

This is a great question, and one that many people seem to have!

The QWERTY format came about out of necessity. Early typists had issues with keys getting jammed, so QWERTY was designed to avoid this when typing on a typewriter. The thinking was to stretch commonly used letters apart, allowing your fingers to be less cramped when typing.

So while we are much more familiar with alpha order than QWERTY, the long terms benefits of a QWERTY layout win out. An alphabetical layout may be easier to learn, you’d find your fingers fighting for space over the long run.

Alex (The Reimagined Classroom Teacher)