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User Name: John F. Mason
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Real Name: John F. Mason
Location N. Hollywood, CA
Occupation: Woodworking teacher
Interests: beer making, black powder, fishing, gardening, sports
Gender: Male
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Topic: Skills USA
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 1:45:55 PM
I have been involved with Skills USA for the last 12 years. It is an international organization that competes in Intro to Wood, Cabinetmaking and Carpentry and more. Type in Skills USA and see what comes up for a local chapter near you. In Southern California we have a large chapter with over 2000 students competing in auto, HVAC, graphic design, robotics, welding, culinary and pretty much all aspects of Career Technical Education. I strongly suggest you listen to Mike Rowe and his message to congress about skills in America and his opening speech to SkillsUSA National Convention.

Topic: American woodworking machines
Posted: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:08:44 PM
Does anyone know anything about Baileigh woodworking machines. They used to concentrate on metal but now are making woodworking machines. They look to be of pretty good quality but I do not know anyone who has any of these machines. I know it is hard to get American made tools and machines but I would like to buy American.
Topic: Roll Call
Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2014 11:34:27 AM
I read where so many wood shop teachers are getting the axe. I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles because there were jobs here for shop teachers. Common core is what we have allways taught, the high end of blooms taxonomy. But they cut programs like shop. 25 years ago there were 144 shop teachers in SF. Now maybe 3. We got a new principal and she eliminated all electives and gave student two english or math to imorofe test scores.

Alhambra Unified, Los Angeles county has three wood shops operating full prgrams. We also have auto, drafting , culinary and photography.We have after school ROP HVAC and wood, auto. We are viewed as pioneers of common core.

It just does not make sense to eliminate industrial tech. We should be like Europe and train students to be journeymen whatever when they graduate High School.
Topic: Roll Call
Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:26:26 AM
My hand is raised and I am saying present. I found out we are advancing to state championship for SkillsUSA.
Topic: Roll Call
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:22:30 AM
Family and friends ask when I am retiring? I love teaching wood shop and have a shop to work in. So probably when I am seventy years old. My father went back teaching Econ at SFSU and is on leave after a stroke slowed him down. He is 88 this year. He retired at 62 and was sorry he retired so early from the chancellors office.
Topic: Roll Call
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:03:15 AM
I am here checking the site when I remember. We had a woodworking contest between the three high schools last weekend. Good practice for SkillUSA.
Topic: The Power Of Zero
Posted: Sunday, December 08, 2013 1:10:57 AM
I had an discussion with a math teachers about this very subject. We have powerschool where the grades are entered and averaged. So if a student gets a 0 one test and a 100 on another their grade averages 50 which is an F. I give them what they earn, points wise. Factor in effort and attitude helps those with low test scores.
Topic: uc approved wood shop programs?
Posted: Friday, December 06, 2013 2:35:38 PM
Thanks for the post. I was told that there was a guitar building class over at Beverly Hills high but can't find it on the internet. We have a UC approved auto class here at Alhambra Unified in Los Angeles county at the three high schools. So they will approve them. There just doesn't seem to be a lot of teachers willing.
Topic: update
Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 3:33:54 AM
Been busy with common core , curriculum council, school site committee and cross curricular collaboration. Trying to figure out A through G requirement for wood shop. Is anybody involved with SkillsUSA?
Topic: uc approved wood shop programs?
Posted: Wednesday, December 04, 2013 3:25:49 AM
I am looking to save wood shop in high school and school period. One way is to make shop tied into either the A through G requirements or get a U C approved program here in California. Anybody know of these in Calif.?

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