Safety is very important (And I'm a guy who, after 46 years of professional table-saw use, finally got a finger mangled by one)
Apprenticeships are gone b/c of the labor laws.
No all kids learn by book + lecture. Many are best at using their hands and brian together, but tools are all but verboten in schools these days, and kids aren't allowed to go work with a craftsman - especially at low pay.
President of The Grumpy Old Farts Club