This high school elective course, worth one transcript credit, is designed to build positive character and introduce teenagers to basic tools and skills needed to save money and gain employment to pay for college expenses. Students learn skills pertaining to electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and mechanics, as well as time management and finances . Each of the 75 lessons begins with a narrative involving teenage characters who learn life skills while participating in home, shop, or community projects. The course is especially advantageous for students who need practical guidance in employment and domestic relationships. Tools are suggested, but not required. This course was designed to equip youth to work their way through college rather than to go in debt by borrowing money for tuition and books.
The story line teaches practical benefits of cooperation with other ethnic groups and neighbors. The authors have crafted the course not only to teach students how to use basic tools, but also to embrace courtesy, honesty, integrity and commitment. The narrative style, graphics, and illustrations engage readers, drawing them into the lessons.
The companion activity books help students work through the course in regular classrooms, shop or guided individualized learning programs. This excellent elective course is highly recommended for every high school boy, especially those whose fathers are not available or prepared to “teach about tools or relationships.”
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