According to an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal, schools don't offer shop classes much anymore. This is a bit strange. We have moved from the days when boys took woodworking and metalworking and girls took cooking and sewing, to the days when they both took both types of classes -- my wife got in on that and learned a bit of welding -- to now when no one takes it, apparently. I didn't do so well in woodworking and metalworking, I found mechanical drawing so-so, but I liked the print shop and electricity classes. Of course, no one sets type anymore, and the expression "pied type" will be understood by less than, say 5% of the population. Actually, after talking with friends, it seems that not that many others took a print shop class even during the period when I took it. Too bad.
Anyway, the author of the piece points out that there are welders making $150,000 a year, because there are so few of them. Most young people today get shunted into college, even though they end up in jobs that don't require a college education. Instead of going to college and racking up all that debt, they could have been taking shop classes and be gainfully employed right out of high school.
Note: I'm having trouble getting onto Typepad, so I'm having to do it via an app on my ipad. This will be my only post for tonight. Sorry.