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Tools and Skills or Tools versus Skills?

We keep building generations of tools and each generation is more powerful than one before.  People need tools, so we give them our most powerful ones.  Do these people have the correct skills to use these new power tools? Should we teach them how to use these tools before they figure it out on their own? 

Do they know the difference between a hammer and a drill? Which situations require which? Do they know how to turn it on–or, maybe more importantly, how to turn it off? What safety (security) considerations do they need to keep in mind?

What is the solution to this challenge?  Our answer is -  education! The best carpenter isn’t the one with the most powerful tools… the best carpenter has the right mix of tools AND skills. And sometimes the tools aren’t even that shiny… but they’re very sharp.