Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Shop class as Soulcraft

UK edition preface from The Case for Working with your Hands by Matthew Crawford:

This book was originally published in the US with the title
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An inquiry into the Value of Work. The term may require some explanation for readers outside the United States. Deriving from "workshop", it means training in things like woodworking, automobile repair and metal fabrication. "Shop class" was once a standard part of American school curriculum, but is less so today. The original title was intended to suggest that such technical training, though narrow in its application, may be understood as an element of education in the broadest sense: intellectual and moral formation.
1939. Anacostia High School, Washington, D.C. "Carpentry shop." 5x7 nitrate negative, National Photo Company Collection. Source

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