Craftwork was taken seriously in schools along with arts and music and development in schools was making good progress until 1988 and the shackles of the National Curriculum.
(interesting isn't it that they don't follow the National Curriculum in private schools)
In this country we have never taken seriously the benefits of craft education such as they did and still do on the continent. We have this top-down emphasis on academic education which has its virtues for a minority but for the mass of children they would be better off developing their practical skills in modern technology, engineering, and crafts of all kinds. There are people on this board I'm sure who would accept that they were not 'educated' people in the conventional sense but they can build a motorbike from scratch, take a car to bits and put it together again,make a boat or a drone and solve a technical conundrum.
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