"From a social point of view... it is of vital importance that the ordinary teacher of the school be employed to teach this subject (sloyd), for he is looked upon with great respect by his scholars--in many instances with profound respect--and whatever he puts his hand to, the scholars will not be ashamed to do, but rather take a pride in doing."Salomon had noted that artisan teachers of sloyd were looked upon with indifference and contempt by their academic peers within schools. And so, in order to convey a sense of the dignity and worth of labor, teachers of all subjects should be trained in hand and eye as well as for head work alone.
"Persons not manually trained, generally regard the products of manual labor at less than their real value. They think it much more difficult to solve a mathematical problem than to make a table. It is not an easy thing to make a parcel-pin or a pen-holder with accuracy, and when students have done these things they will be the better able to estimate comparatively the difficulty of making a table or chair; and what perhaps is of still greater importance, they will become qualified to decide between what is good and what is bad work, and thus avoid the misfortunes which befall the ignorant and credulous through the impositions of knaves."Salomon goes on as follows:
"Words alone will not inspire this respect; hence we conclude that the best way to instill into children a true and proper respect for rough, honest, bodily labor is:In light of all this, you can see what a big mess has been made of American education and American culture and economy. Teachers are no longer respected and the American worker is in the pits. The poor and middle class have been abandoned, while Wall Street Bankers, having been bailed out by the taxpayer are making record bonuses again. Dignity and respect for labor would be considered socialist principles by those who only care for money, but they are the ones who have made the mess of everything, including American education.
1st. By introducing such work into schools of all grades, in order that all classes of the community may engage in it.
2nd. By the teachers taking both pleasure and pride in doing it themselves, as well as delight in teaching it intelligently to others. For what the teachers appreciate, the children usually appreciate."
Today in the CSS wood shop, the 7th and 8th grade students finished making their travel journals and the 9th grade students did woodturning. After school,