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Published on May 26, 2009
Boys who attended the Henry Ford Trade School (1916-1952) learned by doing. The school, the brainchild of Henry Ford, trained teen-aged boys in a variety of skilled, industrial trade work -- machining, metallurgy, drafting, and engine design among others. Hands-on lab and shop practice accompanied classroom studies. The boys created useful components for local factories -- student projects had practical applications and their output had to meet strict production requirements. In addition to the manual training received, academic classes -- English, civics, science, hygiene, etc. -- were required.