What kind of school is this?
A school of idiots, from a community of the same.
A public school, where manual labor apparently substitutes nicely for subject mastery.
Home Economics class, perhaps? (Or whatever it's called now)
in one of my spanish classes in high school I earned extra credit for making enough spanish rice for the whole class. additionally, it could have been for a home economics class (now called "consumer sciences" in most places.)
In cooking class, yes it does. Remember this is middle school, so even the cooking and shop classes are going to be pretty basic. I never took "home ec" as we called it, way back when, but my brother did take "bachelor living". He made a nice throw pillow that AFAIK, is still around, 30 or so years later. In high school, my dad made a nice chair-side stand (with an extra shelf in addition to it's top) that remained in use in our home until at least the 80s, and which is probably still in decent shape, provided that the youngest grandkid, aka Tiger, didn't destroy it, and I don't' think he did. All I ever made was a rather poorly finished but functional gun rack (3 long guns stored vertically), a wall-mounted duck (with 3-D metal wing) decoration and a really sickly pig cutting board. I was so ashamed of the latter, which was supposed to be for my mother or grandmother, that I made two good ones at home, with a skill saw instead of hand saw. Those cutting boards stayed in use for decades. I think Mom may *still* be using the one I made for Grandma. Don't know what happened to the "Razorback", which is what the first one looked like. :)
BTW, I also took small engine mechanics, auto shop, and electronic shop courses in high school. I now have an MSEE with about 90% of the graduate credits required for a PhD, and my brother has a BA in business adminstration. My wife, who also took Home Ec, has a PhD, my daughter (no home ec AFAIK) has a JD while the other daughter, who probably did take home ec, has a master's and goes back for her PhD this fall.