Take WOOD!… The importance of shop classes in todays world.

“you can’t hammer a nail over the Internet.”
― Matthew B. CrawfordShop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work

The importance of knowing how as opposed to knowing what is one that is growing ever more important.  Woodworking teaches Design, Process, Attention to Detail, Pride in Ones Work, Patience and Problem Solving! As we become ever more detached from the real world and buried into screens, vr, online gaming,  and all the other conveniences afforded by carrying around the bulk of  popular knowledge in our pockets, accessible with the touch of a screen.

The importance of doing and making are becoming more and more important. which is why I think shop classes are so important! A quality woodworking program provides experiences far more important than those typically associated with woodshop. Courses, like woodworking, where students use their hands build confidence, strength of character, and problem solving capabilities useful in all careers and in every educational experience.

Below is a list I found that really addresses the benefits that can be found in shop classes!   None more important than the first one, and the last one!

21 reasons to take Woodshop

  1. It is a class that students ENJOY!
  2. Assists students in communicating and  understanding ideas non-verbally, through sketches and technical drawings.
  3. Enhances the skills of spatial visualization  required for geometry, trigonometry and algebra, thereby helping students to prepare for careers  in engineering, architecture and science. Provides students with take-home, physical   evidence of their mastery of skills.  
  4. Instills pride of accomplishment and   self-esteem.  
  5. Gives the student the opportunity to execute  precise work and to produce useful products, and become “self-assessors” using measuring tools, squares, etc. and then the fit of things to self-assess the quality of their work.  
  6. Trains the eye and hand to see accurately and   to feel the sense of beauty in form. 
  7. Inculcates the habits of attention, perseverance   and patience. 
  8. Offers opportunities for students to go where  their hearts demand by selecting designs and projects that motivate them not only as a woodworker but also as a student. 
  9. Provides opportunities for students to overcome  setbacks that occur when working on real objects. 
  10. Provides relevancy of other subject matter to  their lives, thereby preparing them for a lifetime of learning.  
  11. Provides non-academic areas for demonstration   of skills and pursuit of excellence.
  12. Provides a non-contrived opportunity for   engagement of multiple intelligences.
  13. Provides an opportunity to engage physically   and actively in learning exercises.
  14. Provides an opportunity for engagement and  success even for those disinclined for academic involvement.
  15. Helps students gain confidence as real world   problem solvers.
  16. Helps students gain confidence in tools use and  learn safety considerations required for a career, lifetime of general home maintenance or a  life-long hobby.  
  17. Offers an appreciation for the values inherent  in physical labor and the work contributions of others. 
  18. Connects students to thousands of years of  human creative endeavor. 
  19. Provides a much-needed break from sit-down classroom routine.
  20. Helps students to better understand the sources  and process of technological change, placing human development in historical context.
  21. It is a class that students ENJOY!

 (credit to the  NEWTA–New England wood teachers association)

 here is the pdf if you want to download the original…





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