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July 28, 2003
Safe education - but not such good education

There's nothing like a link to something else there to get you looking at a good piece near the one linked to, that you would otherwise have missed.

Instapundit links to this posting, which is fun and also education-related too, but just under it I also found this, which is Photon Courier's take on the decline of what they call in America "shop".

Some of you may recall me ruminating on this here, in connection with my friend the "shop" teacher John Washington.

This afterthought strikes me as particularly acute:

UPDATE: I'm sure that another factor playing a role here is the fear of lawsuits. If kids are allowed to smart off in a shop class, it can be very dangerous. It's a lot easier to hurt yourself (or someone else) with a welding torch than with a computer or a piece of paper. And few school administrators seem to have the courage to insist on the right to remove troublemakers from class...so activities that could be hazardous are simply avoided.

I suspect that many of the factors discussed here are also relevant to the decline of laboratory science in the schools.

Makes sense. And see also the second half of this recent posting here, which also bears on child safety.

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