Wow...talk about the value of life skills...this is home-schooling at it's best!
Sorry for the play on words...but I sure do wish that this part of home-schooling could be incorporated into our current public high-school curriculum. So many of our teenagers would benefit from learning how to build their own homes. I could see this encouraging them to stay in school and to have something to look forward to after high-school. It would give them hope for a future on their own without the burden of sustaining a lifestyle and acquiring huge debt and/or school loans. It would provide for the freedom of choice...to find employment based on their interests alone and NOT on the salary required to pay their everyday living and debts. It would encourage travel with the ability to live anywhere in the country that they are curious to discover and learn about...talk about tolerance and character building! Most of all...it would help them build self-esteem because they would have started and finished something. That sense of accomplishment alone would provide the key building block to their self-confidence.