I agree; too much dependence on technology and too little practical skills are bad for humans. Especially when the grid goes down.
Just curious: have you gone to places where history has happened, seen the “lay of the land”, and tried visualizing the events as they happened? It did wonders for my own understanding of history. I don’t pretend to be an historian, but it made the history alive, instead of just names, dates, places and events on a page.