The introduction of manual work into our schools is important, not merely from the advantage which would result to health, not merely from the training of the hand as an instrument, but also from its effect on the mind itself.To what Lubbock has mentioned, I will add the expression of educational enthusiasm. If you want kids to take a greater interest in their schooling, give them something creative to do with their hands.
There have been two very different points of view from which manual instruction has been recommended. The first looks at the problem from a especially economic point of view. The school is arranged so as to elicit the special aptitudes of the pupils; to prepare and develop the children as quickly and completely as possible for some definite trade or handicraft, so as to, if possible, assure them, when leaving school, the material requisite for existence. In this way it is maintained that the wealth and comfort of the nation can be best promoted.
The second theory regards the manual instruction as a form of education; the object is to give the hand, not so much a special as a general aptitude, suitable to the varied circumstances of practical life, and calculated to develop a healthy love of labor, to exercise the faculties of attention, perception, and intuition. The one treats the school as subordinate to the workshop, and the other takes the workshop and makes it a part of the school. The one seeks to make a workman, the other to train up a man.
We are having a late summer heat wave in Arkansas with temperatures approaching 100 degrees. Cities seem to be the places with the most rapidly rising temperatures and some cities have discovered that trees may be the best thing to do about it. Trees and gardens, as this article from NPR suggests: As Temps Rise, Cities Combat 'Heat Island' Effect by RICHARD HARRIS
Make, fix and create.