Gene Merritt wrote:
> I know that kind of thing is common, and in my opinion it sucks.
> //soapbox on//
> Computers are a reality, but learning to use them does not equate to
Unfortunately the metal working jobs have moved to Asia, leaving us with
the computers. I'm not complaining, I lost my metal working job and
with better paying job making the computers run.
> Students should learn critical thinking skills and problem
> solving, not just "computers."
You got that right
I believe that we are whole beings, so we
> can learn more if our hands work with our minds instead of learning from a
The crafts are totally cool in that respect. The mind, the hands, the
and the materials are all variables that have to be understood to solve
problem. And some of the variables really can't be well expressed in a
A book learner is at a disadvantage in this situation.
But don't minimize those who can learn from a book and apply it to a
Different people learn in different ways. When you're talking
applying book knowledge to the problem is a big advantage. A big brain
competes well with the experienced hand in some situations.
What better way to learn planning than risk cutting a board too short
> or welding something in the wrong spot?
> Besides, it seems that many people today can't even change their own oil...
It's unfortunate in my opinion, but it's a choice the individual makes.
every person who can't perform a given task, it provides a job to
can perform a given task. Masters in any trade are supported by those
decided that they'd rather pay a Master for their skill. I like the
I could probably change oil when the computing jobs move to Asia. Now
could only learn how to weld. I've read and read and read but nothing
in my head....