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MotorHeadline: It’s time to bring back shop class



From the 1950s through the 1980s, virtually every high school had an auto shop program and now hardly any of them do as high schools transitioned into being feeder programs for four-year colleges and universities.

The result of that transition has been soaring student loan debt, people exiting c...

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  1. It is not ONLY Auto Shop. When I was in high school (yes, the Earth was still cooling), we had what was called Industrial Arts, which taught basic drafting, and then you had the areas of Woodshop, Metalshop, or welding from there. This was a “feeder” into the Technical School. We don’t have that anymore. The Technical Schools of Georgia are trying to get interest heightened, and more options out there for students to get into. We must support that initiative. It is not JUST Automotive Technicians we need more of.

  2. The elimination of industrial arts and shop classes produced generations of people who cannot use hand and shop tools, make and read design drawings, build wood and metal items, and maintain or fix mechanical and electrical devices. My introduction to metal working, wood working, printing, and audio-visual equipment in high school greatly enhanced my career and saved me a ton of money as I can usually do it myself.

  3. I say it all the time that Jimmy Carter destroyed the education system in America by putting it under the Federal Government. It needs to go back to state control. We are paying a devastating price for this now. For everyone that likes auto repair, check out Rainman Rays Repairs on U Tube. Ray is a gifted mechanic. He puts the camera on the part he’s working on and tells you how that part works. I haven’t seen anything he couldn’t repair. Even car dealers that couldn’t fix a car would send it to him. Another great site to go to is The Car Wizard. You don’t have to be a mechanic to enjoy these sites.

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