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Working With Your Hands May 28, 2009

Posted by Jason in Daily PM.
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I  can’t even begin to lay out the many ways that Matthew Crawford has put into words some of the things that I have observed during my engineering career.  He has written an extremely well-crafted essay based on an upcoming book entitled “Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work”.  He makes some excellent comparisons between today’s “knowledge workers” and more blue-collar “dirty jobs” that force us to observe the realities of the machines and tools we use.

It also raises the question (if it even needed any further raising) of how Americans will continue to succeed as a society if we continue sending our children to college regardless of what their real interests are — especially if those interests lead to such jobs as mechanics and technicians.  There are simply too many tasks that cannot be outsourced but that still require a significant level of skill and training (not from college) to undertake.

I encourage you to read through the article, and I personally am looking foward to the book.

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