Wednesday, September 05, 2012

today at CSS...

Sir Michael E. Sadler, Professor of History and Administration of Education, Victoria, University of Manchester, from the Report on Secondary & Technical Education in Huddersfield 1904
"Education does not mean handing on parcels of knowledge to other people. It means kindling intellectual interests. Our aim in education should be to get a power of self-adjustment, to keep alive the spirit of adventure, to inculcate readiness to do drudgery, and above all things to form judgment and character. We need an education which opens the mind and trains the practical aptitudes; which inspires courage and fortitude, while also imparting knowledge and the scientific way of looking at things, and the scientific way of doing things; which opens new opportunities and at the same time cultivates the intellect and moral powers by means of which alone these opportunities can be seen and seized."
Today at the Clear Spring School, the first, 2nd and 3rd grade students began making snakes as part of their study of local animal life. The 7th, 8th and 9th grade students began our project with the slices of tree trunk, marking our a time line of community history. Today we discovered that the tree from the library was 100 years old when cut. A large pine stump we are hand planing to make a table began its own life in 1900.

Make, fix and create...


  1. Did you moisten the end grain to help the pupils plane it?
    By the way, what model are those planes? They look like they are perfectly sized for small hands.

  2. Jonas, those are new low angle planes from Lee Valley/Veritas. Wonderful, solid, sharp, and they do fit smaller hands.