Thursday, September 08, 2011

Why Johnny Can’t Figure Out Which End of the Hammer to Hold

"Shop classes are all but a memory in most schools—a result of liability fears, budget cuts and an obsession with academics. Still, even in vocational high schools where shop classes endure, a skills decline is evident. One auto shop teacher says he’s teaching his Grade 12 students what, 10 years ago, he taught Grade Nines. “We would take apart a transmission, now I teach what it is.” Remarkably, most of his Grade 11 students arrive not knowing which way to turn a screwdriver to tighten a screw..."
Another small gem of cultural introspection from the eminently inimitable Mark Steyn at NRO.
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