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- Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 22:01:45 -0700
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For those of you with some summer reading time coming up you might be
interested in reading the book that Mr. Crawford has made out of the
article he wrote for The New Atlantis (not near as flaky as it sounds).
He discusses the difference between trade workers like bookbinders and
factory workers and how the American (and Canadian) education systems
responded and are still responding to dumb down our kids to work in
mindless automaton jobs in offices now.
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Dear Reader -
Three years ago, we published in the pages of /The New Atlantis/ an
essay called "*Shop Class as Soulcraft*
one of our contributing editors, Matthew B. Crawford. The essay, which
was very widely read and discussed online, argues against the misguided
assumption that manual work isn't thoughtful and criticizes the
educational tendency to encourage all students to become "knowledge
Shop Class as Soulcraft
am very pleased to let you know that Mr. Crawford has expanded his essay
into a book, /*Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of
just published by Penguin. Mr. Crawford, a philosopher and mechanic,
makes the case for the manual trades: they require careful thinking and
are punctuated by moments of genuine pleasure; they cannot be outsourced
or made obsolete; they tie us to the local communities in which we live;
and they instill the pride that comes from doing genuinely useful work.
Reviewers have called the book "timely and provocative" (/The New York
Times/), "a powerful case for the special value of skilled work" (/The
Wall Street Journal/), and "the best self-help book I've ever read"
(/Slate/). (Links to other reviews and to interviews with Mr. Crawford
can be found on the */New Atlantis <http://www.thenewatlantis.com>/
Readers of /The New Atlantis/ will find much to enjoy in /Shop Class as
Soulcraft/, and I encourage you to buy a copy for yourself or for
college-age friends or relatives.
Also, if you live in the Washington, D.C. area, I'm pleased to invite
you to hear Mr. Crawford discuss his book in a free evening lecture at
our offices on June 29. For details, *click here
As always, thank you for your interest in /The New Atlantis/.
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