This leads to a story...
Some of you know who I am -- I run a little business called "Stubby
Lathe USA". A salesman for an alarm company has left his card on my
door several times -- his schedule and mine don't seem to agree so he
keeps missing me. Finally he called me on my cell phone whose number is
listed on the door, and asked me "is this Stubby la-th-ee"?
I know that he couldn't think it was my name because of the USA part.
Anyway, he had no idea what a lathe was, what it was used for, nor how
to pronounce the word. BTW, there is one sitting in the front window of
my place -- maybe he can't see either.
This is a pretty sorry state of affairs, I think. I wonder what other
*** things he hasn't a clue about.
I graduated high school in Elgin IL a long time ago (1958). We were all
REQUIRED to take wood shop, drafting, bookbinding, typesetting (had to
learn the California job case), electrical shop, sewing, and cooking.
The same for all the girls. It didn't matter if you were going to
college or not, everybody did it.
You may notice that typing is not on that list. My mother insisted that
I learn to touch type and I've thanked her every day of my *** life
I see a future where the masses are held hostage by the few blue collars
who actually know how to do things and know how to learn to do other things.
We have two *** daughters. The older builds for Habitat for Humanity,
has torn out her old kitchen and rebuilt it,... The younger tackles
projects like replacing electrical fixtures and such although she isn't
as handy as the older one. We've done our part in making sure that they
were well rounded and knew enough to get jobs done themselves or, at
least, get jobs done by others without getting taken.
But, I will now end this rant...
> Hi Gay, Your post was a very welcome rarity for many of us here. First
> that your high school has a course in shop. (I hope you have a decent
> shop to teach in. 'G') and secondly that the teacher is interested in
> woodturning and turning equipment. Shop has been discontinued in so many
> high schools when the world is crying out for competent workmen and
> workwomen. (workpersons?).
> I'm no help with your DL40 problem, but I think you should be
> congratulated and the good sense of your HS administration acknowledged.
> Hope you get the DL40 working quickly or before next term. How about a
> series of posts re your experiences as a HS shop teacher? Maybe as
> usual, I'm behind the times and shop has again taken its rightful place
> in the curriculum. I sure hope so.
> Turn to Safety, Arch