|new pulls, new boxes, Danish oil brings out the beauty of wood.|
But the pressures to overlook how children actually grow and develop and to place even greater emphasis on standardized testing is the means through which industries can wrest education from teachers, from communities, and to make huge profits at our children's expense. The idea is that we trade virtuous education for a virtual one...
In this matter, I will ask you to refer back to yesterday's post, Make it really for real... There must be an urgency to my message because despite educator's best intentions, we in American education are being driven off a cliff. The forces of vast wealth, seeking even greater wealth are pushing us toward the brink. Children learn best when they are offered the opportunity to learn from real life. There is no educational virtue in virtual learning. Experiences crafting things of useful beauty involve depth of character and touch the heart, mind and soul of the child.
This view was reinforced by a program on NPR this morning that described lab rat mothers licking their young to build in a sense of resiliency that built greater character, confidence and intelligence. The program link is here: 'Children Succeed' With Character, Not Test Scores. A good teacher is a lot like a mother rat. He or she soothes, builds confidence, helps to overcome stress, helps to build in the kind of emotional resiliency that can assist the child through a life-time of challenges.
Readers in the Boston area should check out the current programming at the Eliot School. They have a full set of woodworking classes scheduled for kids ages 4-17 and and evening presentation, Slow Cloth and the Fabric of Society by Leonore Alaniz who links fiber arts to the slow foods, slow living community. The very best things are not those most quickly arrived at.
Today I have been milling mahogany for making fret boards for cigar box guitars. The high school students will begin cutting frets tomorrow.
The boxes above show my new design turned and reshaped pull and a fresh coat of Danish oil. If you look close you will see that I missed a spot.
Make, fix and create...