Monday, October 16, 2006

Hands in education resolution... About a year and a half ago, I attended a conference at Ford Motor Corporation in Dearborn, MI in which hands in education experts from around the US met to discuss strategies for putting hands-on education back in schools. Following that meeting, and with the purpose of gathering momentum for the cause, I wrote the following resolution and asked the National Association of Home Workshop Writers to endorse it at their annual meeting.

We, members of the National Association of Home Workshop Writers (NAHWW), adopt hands-on education in our nation's homes and schools as our organization's public service mission and imperative. We regard the use of the hands in education as being an essential requirement for engaging the passions of our children and youth. We acknowledge the importance of learning through use of the hands for bringing forth the inherent wisdom of each individual. We challenge our nation's schools and communities to create and sustain programs of manual training and the arts for children of all ages.

The resolution was passed unanimously both at the annual meeting in Las Vegas, and then by a post meeting polling of the board members not in attendance.

Since that time, the resolution has also been passed by the following organizations:
The American Association of Woodturners
The Society of American Period Furniture Makers
The New England Association of Woodworking Teachers
The New Hampshire Institute of Furniture Makers
The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers
The Long Island Woodworking Club

Other organizations are welcome to join us in this effort.

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