I got a flat tire the other day, no big deal. These things happen and I can take care of it in 10-15 minutes. Normally. When I checked the spare I remembered that I had a locking lug nut. I went to the center console where I would naturally put the key. Nope. Maybe I moved it to my under seat safe when I took the top off. Wrong again. Why would I ever remove it from my car?
Long story short, I was able to get the tire changed by breaking the lock, using two jacks and traveling to three different corners of Baltimore City during rush hour. But I knew what to do and got it done. That's because of what I've learned from my father, other elders and some I've picked up along the way. Even though I can fix and build stuff, I have a desire to know much more.
Which gets me to my point. We don't know how to do anything anymore. As a society, we are becoming more and more removed from reality. Would it be a bad idea to teach kids in high school how to do basic tasks? Or college for that matter. How about personal finance, basic car mechanics, home repairs, or growing food? Even if they don't use these skills later in life, maybe they will have a better appreciation for those who do.
As soon as I became a chef, which was not the moment I graduated culinary school by the way, I wished I knew more about appliance repair. These guys make $100 just to walk in the door. Over the years I've learned a bit by watching over their shoulders and asking questions. But, thinking back, why wasn't there a class offered in culinary school that would teach aspiring chefs how to fix equipment? I know my boss would like that idea.
Go learn a new skill, or better yet, teach one.