While homeschooling the 10 year old granddaughter and 8 year old grandson in English & Math, I decided to teach them about the sizes of Fly Tying Hooks.
I told them I wanted them to look at the package, observe the size of the hook, starting with #20, and move down to #18 and so on, until they had listed all the sizes to 2/0.
Instead, they wanted to know the price of the package, and the number of hooks in each package. Not only did they start writing it down, they wanted to write down the Manufacturer, TMC, Mustad, Daiichi, Dai-Riki, A.R.E., Owner.
Then they decided they needed to write the 2x Short or 4x Long, and 2x Heavy, or Fine Wire, and all the other data on the package.
I ended up giving them a sample of each hook to tape on the paper with the description.
I was really surprised.
They've only tied a couple of Wooly Buggers, but now they are very interested in learning everything.
They already own their own Vice (about a $40.00 model), Dr. Slick Thread Bobbins, Barb Crushing Jeweler's Pliers, Wire Cutters, etc., and their own storage bag for gear. It's fun to see how some sporadic, and almost disinterested teaching cultivates a strong interest in the sport and the technical stuff. Now they want to get jobs in Fly Fishing shops. Heh heh.
So, should kids be taught some Fly Fishing as part of a general education?
Why not? A little "hands-on" can't be too bad.