The Importance of Shop Class

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Toward the end of December, I was busy looking into professional development opportunities that would be of interest to those teaching in the trades. In my conversations with others, I was encouraged to read an essay by Matthew B. Crawford entitled “Shop Class as Soulcraft.” The essay was later expanded into a book: Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work.

The essay is so interesting, and Crawford makes a compelling argument for the value inherent in being able to make something by yourself, not to mention the joy we get from being able to say, “I made that!”. The essay is a great read, even if you don’t teach in the trades. You can find a copy of it online here:

http://www.thenewatlantis.com/doclib/20090526_tna13crawford2009.pdf

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