The Big Think

May 18, 2011


Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 10:07 am

“In high schools, the vocational arts have all but vanished. We’ve elevated the importance of “higher education” to such a lofty perch that all other forms of knowledge are now labeled “alternative.” Millions of parents and kids see apprenticeships and on-the-job-training opportunities as “vocational consolation prizes,” best suited for those not cut out for a four-year degree. And still, we talk about millions of “shovel ready” jobs for a society that doesn’t encourage people to pick up a shovel.”

Mike Rowe’s testimony before Congress on the growing skills gap. You can tell by his pacing and writing that he’s used to speaking to an audience.

There’s a related and wonderful book called Shopcraft as Soulcraft here. Highly recommended.

h/t Barry for the link.

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