Trade schools have made having an instructor obsolete

Before the onset of trade schools, you needed to have an instructor to learn a trade.

Back then everything came through experience and first hand knowledge, not Youtube videos.

There even weren’t many books on how to learn trades like smithing or carpentry. Since the beginning of trade schools, the instructor’s idea of learning a trade has become obsolete, regulated out of existence or damn close to it. The authorities insist you need standardized tests to prove someone’s level of skill, which isn’t fair. Clara was fortunate enough to have an instructor who taught her the basics of heating systems when she was still in school. Her mother’s brother was a guy named Big Ed, and he did mobile heating repairs out of his van. Big Ed was self taught, and knew everything there was about air ducts and furnaces. He went ahead to make his own sheet metal in his workshed, so that he could craft his own custom air ducts. Big Ed didn’t understand air conditioning, that was “after his time” he constantly said. Despite the fact that he taught Clara the basics of heating repair, and the skills she needed to make her own air duct. Later she would go to school to become certified respectfully, and that is where she started learning about air conditioners. Clara was already an expert in oil furnaces and ventilation systems, but she had a lot to learn about AC. Her instructor taught her a lot, but she got the rest of the way through hard work.



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