"1. Manual training develops the intellectual side of the mind as nothing else can. 2. Manual training develops character as nothing else can. 3. Manual training furnishes the pupil with real knowledge; it teaches him something. The laboratory method -- the method of learning by doing -- is after all the only method of learning anything, whether it be drawing, or Greek, or chemistry or mathematics. The attempt to commit facts to memory by reading books is hopeless. What is memorized in this way fades in a short time, leaving little or no trace."From Charles A. Bennett's article, "The Development of Appreciation," Manual Training Magazine, January 1907.
"Two of the direct results of art instruction and manual training, are first, power to do and second, ability to appreciate what is done by others."One of the assumptions is that children (and adults) can be taught to appreciate art by looking at it, but the greatest appreciation comes from having made the attempt to accomplish real works of useful beauty.
Joseph Park noted:
"The importance of industrial work as a subject which helps to give definite ideas of the value of toil and the real worth of things that are made by the sweat of the brow cannot be overestimated. The rich boy works along with the poor boy, each endeavoring to produce something which will express tangible results. Manual training work to be valuable must be strenuous. Boys must be made to plane and saw and sweat. They must produce shaving that have the artistic curl of the craftsman, not meaningless chips. Shopwork should give ability to plan and execute work according to good technique."Make, fix and create...