Dateline: 7 January 2015
I was working in my shop today, listening to an internet program about teaching boys how to work, and I think it was such an exceptionally good program that I am interrupting my regularly scheduled blog to tell you about it.
The program is How To Get Boys To Enjoy Work. It is an interview with Bob Schultz, author of Created for Work: Practical Insights for Young Men.
Early in the show, the host, Kevin Swanson, makes this great statement: "[Public] schools have nothing to do with real life." When you hear that in the context of the conversation, it makes a lot of sense.
And everything Bob Schultz has to say is just pure, down-to-earth wisdom. He says it's hard these days to get a young boy to grow up into a man that enjoys the challenges that go with manhood. "But when you become a man in your skills and your thinking, it's a tremendous joy to be what you were created to be."
Mr. Schultz works in the building trades and he tells the story of a man who hired him to build a house. But he didn't just want a house, he wanted Bob to teach his three boys (ages 8, 11, and 14) how to work and build the house. Wow, that was one smart father.
It took months to build the house. The boys worked from foundation to finish, and it wasn't easy.
That sort of thing is better education than anything you'll get in the government schools.
I've written before of my own work experiences (see "My Story" At This Link) and I can relate to the importance of boys working with men, doing man's work. It is the time-honored (and Biblical) way that boys learned not only how to work, but to find satisfaction in their work. Or, as Bob Schultz says, to find joy in doing what they were created to do.
Popular culture does not give young boys manly role models. It gives them vain like-men, selfish like-men, confused like-men, perverted like-men, foolish like-men, buffoonish like-men, brutish like-men, or virtual superhero like-men as role models. Some of these role models are sports-men. I'm not impressed.
Young boys need down-to-earth, truly manly role models that, among other things, work hard at creative and productive work, and enjoy their work.
Listen to How To Get Boys To Enjoy Work and see if it resonates with you like it did with me.