My dad wouldn't let me get my license until I could: change a tire, change the oil and drive a stick shift. It's easier and cheaper to have someone else change the oil, but changing a tire and driving a stick have come in handy on many ocassions.
My dad also taught me how to put in a new light fixture, fix a toilet and reset all the breakers. This information seemed crazy when I was a young teen, but when I became a home owner, it proved invaluable! And now I have a pretty good tool box with just about everything you could need to replace a showerhead, find a stud, or paint an entire house.
Thanks for posting this. I agree with you whole-heartedly!