|Forum topic by Kent Shepherd||posted 1545 days ago||1163 views||1 time favorited||25 replies|
1545 days ago
I don’t know about where you live, but here in Lubbock, Texas, the trend in our public school system has been to get away from the industrial arts programs, including wood shop. They have shut down all the high school shop programs, and the budgets for the remaining middle schools are disgusting. This is a letter to the editor I wrote to our local newspaper which was published Sunday. Thought you might be interested. I think it’s time to stand up for things we consider to be important. If this strikes a chord with you, I urge you to do the same—-Who knows, we might actually make a difference.
“It has become disturbing to me to see the trend in education steer away from industrial arts. Our education system has somehow decided that only second rate, underachievers should find a career in anything other than something requiring a college degree. Being a professional woodworker, I have been shocked to see the closing of all the high school woodshops in Lubbock over the last few years. Why can we spend an unreal amount of our taxes on sports and music, and say that any kind of practical knowledge is unimportant? School administrators: who is going to build your houses or repair your cars in the future? How many professional athletes do you know? I deal with woodworkers on a daily basis, and most received their basics in shop class. Even those not pursuing a career in woodworking continue on in woodworking, as a hobby. I am appalled at the ridiculously small budgets of the remaining middle school shops, especially when you compare these budgets to those of the sports programs. Don’t get me wrong, I love sports, music, and art, but where did we decide some of the more practical programs were inferior? I believe sports teaches our students valuable lessons (e.g. teamwork and fitness). I also believe industrial arts programs can teach valuable lessons (e.g. math, critical thinking, and teamwork).”
Here’s a link if you want to see the responses: http://lubbockonline.com/stories/122009/edi_537582570.shtml
I would be interested to hear your views since other parts of the world may not experience the same issue.
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