Can you believe they would put this on TV? If Ms Hobson's point is simply to tout the importance of "financial literacy" she need not have disparaged the value of shop classes and home economics to do so.
I could tell Ms. Hobson about the time my truck broke down at the side of the road and I overhauled the carburetor with my Swiss Army knife. But then she probably wouldn't have known what a carburetor is. That's something she would have learned in auto shop. I could have waited for the highway patrol to show up, and then hired a tow-truck to fix what took me less than 20 minutes. Add the cost of a carburetor overhaul, the 40 minutes of wasted time waiting for a tow truck. Add the cost of the tow truck. Add the fact that I was an hour from home and would have been incredibly inconvenienced by not being home and left waiting in a garage when I could have been in the wood shop.
That's a bit of financial news she should respond to, but they have closed down comments on the site.
She says she has a "very, very poignant point to make," but she's dead wrong. Kids may need financial literacy as she describes, but they also need wood shop.
As I said last night, I am headed to Texas to judge finely crafted furniture made by smart people.
Of course, I acknowledge the contributions of the Swiss for making such a handy knife. The use of it was mine. The truck was made in Japan and the highway had been laid by American craftsmen. It is important to acknowledge the contributions of others, but we must also be prepared to act tangibly in our own behalf. Shop classes and home economics classes are an important part of the big picture.
Make, fix and create...