Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Make a t-rex

Tomorrow in the Clear Spring School wood shop, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students will make t-rex dinosaur models like those featured in my article in Fine Woodworking's website. Make a T-rex model figure. There is a link in the article which will allow you to download free plans. Have fun. DIY, TIY! Make, fix, create.

Today two high school students were shot by accident in a Los Angeles hand gun incident. The handgun had been taken to school loaded and discharged when the student dropped his backpack down on his desk. The automatic handgun fired a single round into the temple of a young woman and through a young man's neck. Do you think that is what the Supreme Court would call a "Well ordered militia?" Do you think an introduction to  creative tools and skill in their use could help to displace the fascination some children seem to have with guns? Also today in South Carolina a 14 year old boy killed his father and great aunt before calling the police and offering his surrender. He also shot his grandmother. She is hospitalized in critical condition. The rifle used had been his birthday present from his father. Do you think that's what our founding fathers had in mind? Do you think the father and great aunt would be dead if the father had given his son some woodworking tools for his birthday instead? As an alternative to gun violence we might consider helping our children in their alignment with creativity.

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