Mike Rowe, of “Dirty Jobs” fame was on the Huckabee show over the weekend to talk about the student loan crisis, skilled trades and the nature of work in America. He recalled a poster that was on the wall while he was in high school that told students to “Work Smart, Not Hard.” He’s turned that on its head and his motto is “Work Smart And Hard.” Good advice.
On the student loan problem, Rowe said that we’re lending students trillions of dollars we don’t have, that they can’t pay back, for jobs that don’t exist. In the mean time, we have all these jobs that go unfilled because we don’t have enough workers with the skills to fill those jobs.
“We have to make a case for the trades. We have to start with an awareness campaign,… that challenges perceptions and stigmas. Three million shovel ready jobs, from four or five years ago, it’s a great idea, but I had a dirty jobber tell me ‘look, it’s going to be a tough sell, because you’re talking to a country that no longer has a relationship with the shovel.’ You’ve got to start at the beginning, and so I’d say maybe let’s step back a little bit and have a broader conversation. I’d say one trillion dollars in student loans is no joke. And I would conclude by suggesting that we are lending money we don’t have, to kids who can’t pay it back, to train them for jobs that no longer exist. That’s nuts.”
Those are words of wisdom, right there.
Here’s the clip, you can see the full segment at Fox News Insider. Be sure to check that out, as the second video at the link includes Rowe getting sucked into a debate with Tamara Holder on unionization. Except for when Tamara Holder talked it was a very interesting conversation.
If we, as a society, continue to discourage students from pursuing education in the trades, there will come a day when we are in for a rude awakening when there is nobody left to repair our cars, fix our roofs, replace our old toilets, or any other thing that requires knowledge, skill, hard work and the willingness to get one’s hands dirty.
H/T to my dear, hard working, and skilled hubby.