High schoolers get hands-on intro to auto mechanics

High schoolers get hands-on intro to auto mechanics

This past Tuesday, our high schoolers had the chance to get a hands-on introduction to some of the basics of auto mechanics.

Wayside’s board chair, Frank Callaghan, walked the high schoolers through the process of changing the brakes on a mini-van. Students were given the opportunity to participate in the process, learning some of the basics of auto mechanics along the way.

Thank you to Mr. Callaghan for sharing his expertise with our students!

At Wayside, we recognize the critical importance of the physical crafts for a well-rounded education, and are always looking for opportunities to expose our students to various crafts and trades. As philosopher Matthew B. Crawford writes in Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work:

The satisfactions of manifesting oneself concretely in the world through manual competence have been known to make a man quiet and easy. They seem to relieve him of the felt need to offer chattering interpretations of himself to vindicate his worth. He can simply point: the building stands, the car now runs, the lights are on. Boasting is what a boy does, because he has no real effect in the world. But the tradesman must reckon with the infallible judgment of reality, where one’s failures or shortcomings cannot be interpreted away. His well-founded pride is far from the gratuitous “self-esteem” that educators would impart to students, as though by magic.

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