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#1 posted 09-18-2012 11:20 PM

It just takes one split second and things go very bad….. Even the best teacher out there can not prevent anything like this happening. How many times we as seasoned professionals get caught off guard and 99.9% it is still our own fault. I remember our shop teacher before we went out and started he would make darn sure everyone was quiet, look to your right,left,front,back. Take your rings off, roll up those sleeves, tie those shoes ect ect….. He got us in the frame of mind….. Even had a few who were just not cut out for shop class but they really enjoyed it, they chose to work in the tool room handing out tools and keeping inventory or cleaning floors. If someone razzed them, guess what you were doing their job.

It is accidents like these that have prevented other schools from having shop class as most of us know it. When it does happen we want to string up someone for it and make them pay dearly.

I never met a shop teacher who was not more concerned someone getting injured or thought of safety as a past time. Ask one what they fear the most about teaching. Safety is taught but it has to be executed by the individual to be effective just like everything else in this life. Thank God the young lady was not more seriously injured. Calls should have been made reguardless.

How can anyone be held totally responsible for more than one person when you can not watch their every move? I learned more from shop class than just building a cedar chest. I learned that I would make mistakes, but had the ability to correct them. Not everything is perfect that we must work at it to make it to our choosing and in the end I alone was responsible for the outcome.

Just my 2 cents worth. Oh Thank you Mr. Burch and Mr. Porter for teaching me this….....

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