Denver schools go against the grain with wood-shop classes

01/26/2010 | Denver Post, The

Four Denver high schools have popular woodworking classes despite a nationwide trend that has many schools cutting courses in the industrial arts. Wood-shop students at one school build sophisticated guitars each year -- researching the best wood to use for each hand-crafted instrument. Their teacher says the classes teach students hands-on manual skills that are largely ignored by modern college-preparatory curricula, but experts say building those skills can be integrated with academics.

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