I have tried to make a case for self-reliance of a certain kind -- being master of your own stuff. This requires a basic intelligibility to our possessions: in their provenance, in their principles of operation, in their logic of repair and maintenance, in short, in all those ways that a material object can make itself fully manifest to us, so we can be responsible for it.I mostly agree with Matthew Crawford, but I think he shares the common myopia of dismissing/ignoring the similar value of Home Ec entirely. As someone who has taken both Shop and Home Ec, I can aver that Home Ec is harder.
* @LHC Your comment about international food merits a separate post.
But, I just noticed an article about the DIY kits that mentioned Heathkit and Altair but not Frostline. I am disgusted at the omission. Sewing is not for girls only. In the US, Frostline kits were the first introduction to sewing of many boy scouts.