Whether it's Hollywood portraying people who work with their hands as undesirable, our local schools reducing the value of skilled trade and removing it all together from the curriculum, or Silicon Valley's massive growth (due in large part to video games and entertainment gadgets), the percentage of our youth who are actively involved in trades such as woodworking is falling drastically.
In a time where far more kids think 'skills' are something they earn in a video game than something they earn through watching their mentors, some are choosing to do it differently. Some are choosing to get Jr. out in the shop and show them first-hand the worth of building something with their own two hands. There are many photos in this community (several shown here) of children learning to build with wood. Several parents have sent us letter stating that teaching their kids how to build has helped them focus, learn basic math and geometry, as well as patience and other virtues.
Please use this thread to let the community know what you think about the "Woodworking vs. Video Games" debate.
- How can teaching our youngsters to build with their hands benefit them in the future?
- Have you had some success getting Jr. out in the shop? What was your strategy?
- What real-world skills can woodworking teach our younger generation?
- Is the Kreg Jig uniquely suited in any way to help make woodworking more 'cool' or at least more approachable to young beginners?
- Don't forget to post your photos below of your youngsters in action!