As a very long time mechanical tinkerer (no formal education in mechanical engineering) this Christmas season allowed some retrospective analysis of how we evolve and learn by other means than schooling.
Of late this seems to be a growing area of speculation given what is coming to light daily on the entire public schooling system in the western world, more so in US and UK but still pretty much universal. Children are no longer taught basic skills for survival in society or how to think in solving problems.
Even those institutions run by the Jesuits appear to be infected by CRT (a socialist disease). This was a very saddening bit of recent news given that historically, this branch of the Catholic faith was the most learned and rational group engaged in teaching. I would know of this because my uncle was placed with them as a budding hooligan around age 13 and was turned around into a decent family man with understanding of logic and as an offshoot, excellent mechanical skills, same which allowed him a good life as a productive citizen where the other option would likely have been jail.
His dad (my grandfather) was a professional mechanic and worked from around age 14 in the automotive industry at the turn of the 19th Century. A stern man that brooked no nonsense from his 2 sons. Apparently my dad (brother to the hooligan) was either well behaved or smart enough not to get caught, thus was not confined to that tough school. As a child, I was exposed to Jesuit training, ways of thinking and views of the world through a monthly visit to our house by one of my dad’s classmates who had gone on to join the Church and took education within the faith. The man could speak learnedly on almost any subject of history, geography, humanities and even fixing a broken machine. In my case, watching granddad work on cars in the 50’s removed all fear of getting hands dirty as a means of survival.
This has stood me well over the past 50 or so years, where wrenching on bicycles, motorcycles and cars (in that progression) has saved buckets of money and even allowed the occasional bit of extra funds during difficult times. To this I must add those Sunday monthly visits by Fr. Berchman, who demonstrated to a youngster what one can learn and be aware of in life.
Full circle to the present day, where it is becoming more and more apparent that the parents and extended family are once again having to take up what was for too long relegated to the schools, seeing that the schools are failing in their tasks of preparing children to be productive, rational and inquisitive in their nature. Teach your children and grandchildren how to use tools, how to think through a problem and find a solution. It is never too late. I continue doing this with my children, now aged 30 to 43 and with their children. Picking up a tool and taking something apart (even if you are not quite as good as re-assembly yet) is still the way to start. Instill a love of reading, discussing and even arguing a point, it all serves to develop the brain. Heck, even well past the half century mark, am still learning new stuff (#@!!?&* computers in vehicles – a bane to existence).
Wishing all who stop by here a very happy and prosperous New Year. The year AD 2022 is going to be a tough one given what inflation and government malfeasance is doing to our pocketbooks, so keep up the fight, we will survive, of this I have no doubt.