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Forum topic by lighthearted posted 04-01-2011 01:00 AM 1471 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2011 01:00 AM

My kids and I were interviewed for this article in today’s NY Times about kids and woodworking.

The kids were pretty excited to have their names in the paper!

It’s a good read—


-- Chris

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 02:16 AM


Way to go! Getting kids excited and learning about woodworking will set them on a entirely different course in life from other kids, make them more self sufficient, and create wonderful memories of the time and interest the will share with you. I looked it up, and it seems to be a bargain; especially for NYC.

My 4 1/2 year old grandson spends time in the shop with me on nearly a daily basis. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Good on you.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 02:43 AM

thank God there is a door to the future

and a little one for the kids
will do just fine
they can build a bigger one
for themselves
when the time comes

here where i live they have shut down every program
but sports in the schools
my friend was a reading teacher there
and the parents would come and scream at him
that he had no right to teach their children
(he is white most of the families here are hispanic)
that thiy would teach their children what they needed to know
like shooting and playing football
most of the families don’t work
as it is easy for them to get welfare and food stamps and farm subsidies
and unemployment
the responsible women work
in the govt offices
and bring home the medical benefits for the whole family
and as everyone is related
all the ‘free’ govt help is given to family members first
then special friends
the men rarely work
as they all have ‘a bad back’
and spend their time drinking and doing drugs
the kids drive moms car and party
yacking and texting until they have accidents
and another plastic cross goes up on the side of the road

‘don’t teach my kids
i’ll do it myself’

sad but true

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 06:44 AM


Both my daughters are teachers. Both work hours into the night, weekends, time that should be reserved for themselves and their families so that they can soldier on for kids too damned spoiled, too full of themselves, too lazy or mean-spirited to want to learn. Then, when the kid gets a F for the term because he/she failed every test and made no attempt to turn in assignments, the parents berate my daughters and the other teachers for “not learnin’ my kids nothing.” It’s not just Hispanics or blacks, our whole system is breaking down around our ears and the politicians run around in their $4,000 suits and $400 haircuts getting in bed with any fat cat who will give them money. The whole thing stinks; but Socrates said roughly the same thing. Maybe these programs like Chris is pointing out can make enough difference to make a difference. You think?

Sorry for the rant. Peace my friend.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 10:12 AM

Congrats on the kids and WW!

My wife works in a school, but is not a teacher. One of the students she tried to help just closed her book and said. “Ha,Ha” when she was told what page to open to. There were all kinds of demands for special ed programs for her. The only program she needs is to be made to behave herself. My wife has helped a lot of kids, but there is little hope for that one, it started at home and that is where it will have to be corrected if it ever will be; which is doubtful.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 06:35 PM

Chris, do your kids have ther on spot in your shop now. That is a great idea since most of the school woodshops have been converted to Computer Labs. I work with and on computers every day at my job but I still think kids should learn at the basics in school. Otherwise where are we going to get or construction workers and furniture makers from.

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