CraftEd: Curricular Applications of Traditional Craft - A Survey of Craftspeople

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Blog entry by darkhollow posted 08-04-2011 06:47 PM 1747 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Craftspeople, Artists, Artisans!

Are you concerned about the state of arts education in our schools?

Does your craft have an application to primary or secondary schools subjects?

My name is Rodney Hopkins; currently I am working towards my Master’s Degree in Education at Prescott College. Specifically, I am investigating the classroom applications of crafts. Since many minds are smarter than one, I am conducting a survey of craftspeople and artists to see where they have found applications for their craft within the primary and secondary school subjects of Math and Science.

Below you will find the link to the survey at SurveyMonkey. (This link has now been fixed.)
If you prefer, you may email me and I will forward the link to you.
You may also contact me if you, or someone you know, would prefer
a hard copy of this same survey. I will be accepting replies until
October 31, 2011

You input and participation
are greatly appreciated. Please forward this email and link to any interested craftspeople.

Rodney Hopkins
[email protected]
220 Grove Ave. Prescott, Az, 86305

Link to survey:

-- You say Luddite like it's a bad thing ...

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 08:44 PM

Link leads me to sales page with no access to specific surveys.

Indiana has about 3 or 4 wood shops left in the public school system. The rest exited because of liability insurance. Have even noticed that some 4H leaders are concerned about injuries in letting their 4H students into their own shops. Did a video on the old Sloyd Woodworking Education system at the turn of the last century. If interested, you can find on YouTube at or under Sloyd as a search term.

-- Thanks to the Wood Spirit, Tom

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 09:33 PM

Thanks for letting me know about this problem, Hoosier, I wonder how many other folks tried to answer the survey only to run into this problem too. As I will soon be out of contact for more than a month, I am very glad you brought this glitch to my attention now. Thanks, too, for the link to the show on Sloyd Woodworking Education too, that will tie quite nicely in with my studies. thanks again, rodney

-- You say Luddite like it's a bad thing ...

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#3 posted 08-07-2011 08:37 PM

Re: Hoosierwoodcraft says:
Have even noticed that some 4H leaders are concerned about injuries in letting their 4H students into their own shops.

I can’t blame them, I don’t think my insurance would cover me for teaching people in my personal shop. Volunteer organizations are often considered as businesses, which would mean commercial operations and all the labor laws and insurance (worker comp) that entails.

I have learned to take my teaching projects to the people. I try to teach at public institutions, like state parks, and education centers, as projects for and by their agencies. In my case, it works out well for all involved.

This “No Child Left Behind” thing seems to be leaving them all behind.

If it was up to me, I would end mandatory schooling, and have an open (as needed) public education, as in any one could go to school at any time the course they wanted to take was available. Industry should rely on apprenticeships.

In this age of specialization, a “well rounded” education is often a waste of time, money, and effort.

-- “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

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