Something to keep in mind when learning a new skill.

A Primitive Technology Disclaimer.

I firmly believe that in Preindustrial Societies, the onus of learning was on the pupil.  Anyone who wants to succeed will find a way to learn.  

Real learning is an active endeavor.  We learn best by carefully observing and doing.  There will be failures.  There will be frustration and tears.  Not everything will be obvious nor will the reason for every step be readily apparent.  It is not the duty of the teacher to drag every unwilling pupil along nor argue every point to their satisfaction every step of the way.  Failure is not something to fear but is something to learn from.  If you don’t like the teacher or the methods, either suck it up or find another teacher.

GT Crawford


About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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4 Responses to Disclaimer

  1. Amen. I do believe that a responsible teacher does not intentionally set up the student to fail, and that it is equally irresponsible to set up the student for success which he hasn’t actually achieved. A really good teacher is a guide on the path of learning.

    • Paleotool says:

      Yes, yes, and yes. No decent person sets up another to fail. But we are ultimately responsible for our own education.

      • I am currently embroiled in an argument with a friend over one of my “apprentices”. My friend thinks that Ben should go back and finish his degree (he lacks only a few hours) because job security. I’m saying that he would simply end up qualified for a job he doesn’t want, the world and our values have changed, and that Ben is educating himself. He is also making his living as a carpenter/cabinetmaker, and has other options if he chooses.
        My deeper argument is that young people should have more and better choices than college or nothing. How do we get there?

      • Paleotool says:

        We no longer value the real trades. How do we get back to the important stuff?

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