The lads took to the work as ducks take to water. It was most popular. Even the caretaker* acquired a new dignity; he possessed a knack which they lacked; he was looked up to in a way that he had never been before.It is interesting what happens when teaching to do and teaching by doing takes root and takes hand. It also takes heart. School wood shops can still be transformational in the lives of kids. When children have an interest, as they will when allowed to do real things, real learning takes place that involves growth of character and intellect.
Meanwhile, I began making myself a bench and bought a new set of tools, and attended several courses of lectures and demonstrations with workshop practice at the City and Guilds of London Institute, thus qualifying myself for supervision of what I saw was proving an absorbing and interesting experiment.
The boys who longed for the time when they should leave school and dress as gentlemen and go to the City, began to have new and enlarged views of life and the dignity of labor; and enjoyment in work and production took hold of their minds, especially when they saw several of the class masters eagerly bent in the same direction and working out of school hours in the workshop, which, whenever the door was unlocked, became a rendezvous for the favored elder boys who were privileged to enter its portals.
I may say here that we never had the slightest difficulty with discipline. If a boy in the fullness of spirits was too exuberant and troublesome, it was enough for me to say to him that he had made a little mistake, that this was a workshop not a play-shop, and that, if he could not realize that fact, there were many boys eagerly waiting who would gladly fill his place. This always had the desired effect of sobering the boy, and I never remember having to go further.
*janitor, J.T. Chenowerth
The following is from Bill Nye, the Science Guy:
And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in your world that’s completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can–we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.Make, fix and create...