Sunday, January 21, 2018

The rise of carpenters

Here's my WND column for this weekend originally called "The rise of carpenters."


  1. This heartens me. There is something about working with one's hands, a certain rhythm and pace, that I have never found working on a computer. And the social aspect is largely ignored as well: computers tend to isolate us in offices and at work stations.

    May the tribe of the trades only increase.

  2. This emphasis on the hand is simply a rediscovery of the trend of the late 19th century, but also of pedagogues of the late 18th century such as Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, (1746-1827)

    From 1890:
    'In a letter, now before me, of recent date, Col. Ingersoll, with characteristic force, says:

    "I agree perfectly that the hand and head must work together. Nothing excites my pity more than a man who has given fifteen or twenty years of his life to study—who is the graduate of a University and yet knows nothing of importance--knows nothing that he can sell—knows nothing by which he can make a living. HIs poor head is stuffed with worthless knowledge—with declensions and conjugations—in other words he has spent his whole life learning the names of cards and has not the slightest idea of a game."
    —The Co-education of Mind and Hand, Charles H. Ham, 1890

  3. I hope you are correct, young lady. Not sure tho, if they have to pickup a shovel and dig a ditch, or dig a post hole in poor ground. Gives me hope!

  4. You mean to tell me that high schools will actually encourage and offer students an option other than a university education! Wow! Do you suppose in the not too distant future we see the decline of the crappy liberal education elites that have foisted on us with their liberal educational and social doo doo to the point of our destruction? Where oh where will we be if we can't have our dear children educated in gender studies and the other socialist crap.

    We have been long overdue for a course correction in our education system. Who knows, maybe it is starting. One would certainly hope so for our futures sake!

  5. There is a college in Charleston, SC, the American College of the Building Arts (ACBA), that offers a 4-year liberal arts degree with the majors of carpentry, timber framing, blacksmithing, masonry (both brick and stone) and plasterwork. The college came about after Hurricane Hugo did its widespread damage, and folks discovered there were no craftsmen around capable of restoring the historic buildings.

    I have been to the college several times, and know several graduates (only about 7-10 each year!), and they do fantastic work! Alumni now work at Colonial Williamsburg, at the Lincoln Cathedral in England, at Versailles, at various medieval castles in Germany...and in their own small businesses throughout the United States.

    The college tailors its history/math/science/ literature courses around the skills the students are studying--science of metallurgy for blacksmithing, botany for timber framing, medieval history/architecture, etc. It is located in the historic Charleston Trolley Barn, that the students worked to restore and adapt for the college's needs.

    It's the only school of its kind in the US; but it's starting to get widespread press and, hopefully, might someday be just the first of its kind.

    If you ever make it to Charleston, make an effort to visit! They are rightfully proud of what they have accomplished!

  6. Patrice, the ‘product’ you describe will have to be produced in government schools (as long as Washington DC controls ‘education’). Let’s take Minnesota for example since that ‘call to high schools’ was an op-ed directed toward Minneapolis schools.

    Every government-schooled student in Minnesota from kindergarten to 12th grade is issued a ‘transgender toolkit’. Teachers are to refer to children "scholars" instead of boys and girls. It tells boys who identify as girls to use the girls' bathroom, and tells teachers to ask kids what their "preferred pronouns" are.

    This example may be nothing. Or it may be the tip of the iceberg. But you can bet that few future plumbers will be Minnesota graduates.

    So where will young people with real life skill come from? Many will bypass government schools. We recently built a home. The roofer, plumber and dry wall contractors were in their late 20’s. All quit school, sought mentors and now own their own business. We hired some teens. All were home-schooled.

    STEM is the only education worth seeking. But even there few will come from Minnesota (or any state). As Fred on Everything reported, CalTech has probably the most demanding entrance standards in America and does not practice affirmative action. It is 45% Asian, 27% white, 12% Hispanic, 1% black. Washington-controlled ‘education’ failed and now our ‘scholars’ are dumber than rocks. Ouch!

    Dock Guy

  7. Most people want (or inherently need, anyway, whether they WANT it or not) to be useful. To do something meaningful, to have a purpose, to give back. We just don't know HOW any more. It's sad, and it sounds stupid, but it seems true. Hence the rise of the self-important social justice warrior and the self-important bureaucrat. Creating problems to "help" with, so they can feel good about themselves. I hope we will rediscover how to be useful to each other, and create a society of useful, truly helpful people. Not holding my breath, because people without any real usefulness or skills are easier to control, but hope springs eternal...