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Preparing Boys for Manhood December 30, 2007

Posted by federalist in Education.

By the age of 18 every American male should be able to:

  • Stay physically fit.
  • Practice first aid.
  • Swim, row, sail, and navigate.
  • Speak a foreign language.
  • Competently operate cars, motorcycles.
  • Safely use and maintain hand and power tools for working wood, stone, and metal. 
  • Wire, plumb, frame, roof, and duct to code.
  • Handle a concealed pistol defensively.
  • Maintain and shoot rifles and shotguns.
  • Garden.
  • Ride and care for horses.
  • Manage personal finances.

He should:

  • Kill, skin, and eat a wild animal.
  • Fell and stack a large tree.
  • Read Ayn Rand and The Federalist Papers.

Most importantly — though there may be no sure prescription for it — he should have a sound moral character.



1. Lien O'Neill - January 18, 2008

Can I enlist you to teach my kids some of this? Call it the Federalist Scouts or something? Particularly the wild animal, large tree, and duct to code bits.

2. federalist - May 22, 2009

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