“The educational theory sought to be realized through manual training is no new theory, nor is it now for the first time engaging general attention. It has been a theme with educational writers from Luther and Comenius down to the present time, and there are to be found in the books frequent passages which recognize the value of manual work in the education of youth, — even of youth whose situations in after life would preclude their using their acquired skill for industrial ends. Thus has the learning of trades been prescribed in the education of princes. Rousseau would have Emile learn a trade, that his pupil might acquire a more valid title of nobility than any he might inherit from ancestors.”The interesting thing is that children of all social classes find greater enthusiasm for learning when they do real things. And it is the great stupidity of American education that we warehouse children, all the while neglecting the development of their critical thinking skills. Those skills come when students are asked to do real things.
Make, fix, create, and insist that others be educated to do so.