Saturday, January 08, 2011
Cut short at both ends…
And so it is, that by dividing our students into two classes, academic and technical, college prep and not, we cut them short at both ends.
I have been reading an interesting book about wood by Harvey Green, Wood: Craft, Culture, History. It describes how we took trees for granted, but then awakened to their value as we marched ever closer to their destruction. Perhaps it will be the same with our hands. We are perched at that point that those making and selling digital input devices propose that we escape them entirely. The fingers themselves and the awkwardness of learning to control them may lead us to self-tying shoes and automated nose pickers.
Of course, my very simple point is an invitation. Pay attention. Just as programs can track your every keystroke on the computer, to save your work from disaster, attention to the workings of our own hands are an enrichment. As described by Anaxagoras, Man is the wisest of all animals because he has hands. Nothing new there except what we have ignored or forgotten. DIY, Make, fix, create.