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Last night my fifteen year old son helped me throw together a quick desktop hack, using half a sheet of Baltic birch with scrap 1x3 rails to lock it in place atop supporting totes.

As he handed me the requested 7" speed square, he recalled being horribly confused in kindergarten when they learned about shapes. I'm sure this scenario has repeated itself a thousand times...

"Teacher, why are you calling that a triangle when it's a square?"...
"No, it is a square. I learned that from my dad."

She was a new teacher, only recently out of school, and although I I recall her as kind and enthusiastic, I'm not sure she was well prepared for my son's certainty in a situation like this. Fortunately another teacher walked in on the discussion and immediately understood.

The new teacher said, "I know exactly what you mean," and showed my son a googled picture of a speed square. He agreed that was the square he was talking about, and everything was then resolved perfectly.

It was a fun moment with my son last night, and a reminder that my certainty that someone else is wrong is usually rooted in misunderstanding them. Children and students have so much to teach us parents and teachers.



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it was the speed square that did it...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Great story - thanks!

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It was six men of Indostan, to learning much inclined,
who went to see the elephant (Though all of them were blind),
that each by observation, might satisfy his mind.

The first approached the elephant, and, happening to fall,
against his broad and sturdy side, at once began to bawl:
'God bless me! but the elephant, is nothing but a wall!'

The second feeling of the tusk, cried: 'Ho! what have we here,
so very round and smooth and sharp? To me tis mighty clear,
this wonder of an elephant, is very like a spear!'

The third approached the animal, and, happening to take,
the squirming trunk within his hands, 'I see,' quoth he,
the elephant is very like a snake!'

The fourth reached out his eager hand, and felt about the knee:
'What most this wondrous beast is like, is mighty plain,' quoth he;
'Tis clear enough the elephant is very like a tree.'

The fifth, who chanced to touch the ear, Said; 'E'en the blindest man
can tell what this resembles most; Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an elephant, is very like a fan!'

The sixth no sooner had begun, about the beast to grope,
than, seizing on the swinging tail, that fell within his scope,
'I see,' quothe he, 'the elephant is very like a rope!'

And so these men of Indostan, disputed loud and long,
each in his own opinion, exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right, and all were in the wrong!

So, oft in theologic wars, the disputants, I ween,
tread on in utter ignorance, of what each other mean,
and prate about the elephant, not one of them has seen!
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I love that poem. Thanks for reminding me!


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and that is why we spend time in the shop with out kids/grand kids.....

"..... limited only by imagination"

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My friend said he learned more behind the schoolhouse than inside it.
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In the shop, a square is often a triangle and our planes don't have wings. But, neither does a "Radio Alarm Saw" nor a band saw make an orchestra.
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...whatever happened to the "woodworking glossary" anyway...

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@knothead : An old country tune: "I got my education out behind the barn" (or schoolhouse as the case may be!).
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