I have lived in various areas of the US with my career...[snipped]
And for reasons too complicated and controversial to get into, we can't depend on schools to offer shop classes.
About a year ago I called my old Junior High School which is located near Chicago, IL looking for an address to buy some hammering molds to make hammered copper plates and bowls like the one's we made in class years ago. I was informed that the school abandoned all the Shop Classes, including the Wood Shop Class that I was so active in.
I called two other High Schools, one in California and one in New Hampshire in search of the coveted equipment. I was told similar stories by both of these administrations. The reason behind all three of these "Bail Outs" had nothing to do with interest, but in liability. One administrator told me that one kid cutting off a finger in a tool would bankrupt their school board.
We are members of a Home Schooling Co-Op here in NY, I teach the Junior/Senior students Wood Shop, using the KREG Jig exclusively. The class only meets once a week, so we went with the KREG Jig because it is fast and makes strong joints. These kids never touched a tool before except the joy sticks on their computer games, their first project was a Stickley repo telephone stand. One senior is getting a summer job in a few weeks building sheds for a local contractor; he has been bitten by the wood bug!!
Yesterday another teacher informed me that three more families are joining the Co-Op in September because they heard we had a Wood Shop Class. The fields are ripe folks, we need to reap the harvest now. We can be part of and see a resurgence in woodworking that hasn't happened since Stickley introduced the Craftsman Movement of the 30's. Kreg has developed a tool that enhances our trade and I believe if Gustav Stickley saw this jig he would use it as well.