I never had a shop class and was brand new to a new table saw.
We had shop classes starting in the 4th grade. But wasn't exposed to table saws, and other power tools, until the 10th grade. My present saw had the guard and splitter removed when it was new, never have used either, ever, in fact. Nowadays I understand few schools have shop classes. Instead have computer classes.
Check the youtube woodworking videos. You may think I'm nuts for trashing my saw guard and splitter, cutting warped wood, etc. But some of those so-called pros, a lot in fact, cut wood with no push stick or push block. No biggie, with a large piece. But these guy cut small pieces with just their hands that I would be too scared to cut without push sticks and blocks. They are just too comfortable with their saws, and an accident waiting to happen. I value my fingers way too much for things they have no concern about, and are "teaching" woodworking practices. My shop teacher would have failed all of them.
"It ain't what you're told, it's what you know." - Granny Weatherwax
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Some days, the supply of available curse words is insufficient to meet my demands.
.....Call me a craftsman, artisan, or artistic, and I will accept that. Call me an artist and you will likely get a quite rude comment in return. I am not a @#$%ing artist.