Friday, January 20, 2012

"Wisdom of the Hands"—Doug Stowe Advocates for Handcraft in Education

For those of you who appreciate the aspect of handcraft in our work, I thought I'd draw your attention to the blog "Wisdom of the Hands" by Arkansan woodworker and teacher Doug Stowe. I learned about it while reading Matthew B. Crawford's Shop Class as Soulcraft. Doug is something of a voice in the wilderness in arguing for more hands-on learning and a return to manual arts in schools—especially in the younger years.

If handcraft is part of the bedrock of an economy (indeed, of civilization), as I argued in my essay "Real Wealth: The Value of Art and Craft in a Debased Economy," it's certainly part of the foundation of learning. I hope you'll check it out and help spread the word about Stowe's sound thinking and important work.

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