The skill set needed to survive in the world is constantly changing. Things your parents and grandparents knew how to do are no longer needed to survive.
Know how do drive a four in hand or even what it is?
How about wick trimming?
The interesting thing is that these skills still exist. Like the tools that never die, the skills live on as hobbies.
The reason these skills are no longer needed, despite the lamentations of some, is that new technologies require new skills and most people don’t need to know how to use obsolete technology.
You don’t need to know how to write cursive any more but you have to know how to type. You don’t need to know how to drive a horse and buggy but you need to know how do drive a car. You don’t need to know how to bake but you need to know navigate the Internet. You don’t need to know how to drive a stick because most cars no longer have a manual transmission. You don’t need to know how to use carbon paper because you can make unlimited copies by pressing a button, or just send it as a pdf attachment and save a tree. You don’t need to know how to use a card catalog but you have to know how to search a database.
The job I do didn’t even exist ten years ago and many jobs that used to exist are no longer around. Did you know computer used to be a job title?
The past is interesting but most of us wouldn’t want to live there. Horse poop removal used to be a big business. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to do that?