Skilled labor openings in this country

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Mike Rowe

Just read a commentary from Mike Rowe about skilled labor openings in this country. Like others of his, and other authors, it is spot on. Simply put, few want to learn how to get their hands dirty. Or after they do, they realize that it is often hard work and wimp out.
To me it seems there is no passion. No inner desire to accomplish something “really meaningful”. To be a part of the building of, or maintaining of, their physical world. No inner pride of knowing they made something of significance. Flipping a switch and light shine. Turning a faucet and things get clean. Flushing a toilet and down goes what is supposed to. Not their dreams, but success in a job well done. Every time I drive the bypass from lower Muncy to the East of Montoursville, I know I had a part in building that road. Helping keep the machines working. That kind of passion and desire is what needs to be taught in schools. To make a real difference and contribution to the world. Not some
computer game that will fade away. Or some biased liberal college course that only seems to offer the ability to say, “You want fries with that?” and a heap of loan dept when they get out.
I have run wires, soldered pipes, built buildings, worked in grease and poop, gotten burned from welding, helped build roads, an am proud of it.
People with high degrees have asked me how I know how to do these things. We each appreciate what each knows and contributes, but the world needs more like me. Yeah, maybe like me. One who has a passion to do things, humor to make it fun, and an understanding that people like me are needed.

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