Sir Ken Robinson illustrates the history of industrial education and it’s limits in this 11 minute video. He calls for education that engages our senses, aesthetic education. In this way, alternatives to industrial education follow principles that align with the Transition Movement, which calls for work that engages our minds, hearts, and hands.

Think about your past experiences in school. Did they engage you? Your senses? Your heart, mind, and hands?

At Unity College, where I work, some of my most motivated students are Future Farmers of America, who attended public high schools that focused on agricultural education.