It’s sock time

Our economy is in rough shape. I have always contended that it had to do with the fact that most of us don’t know how to “make” anything anymore. We don’t manufacture anything, we “job” it out, overseas, to cultures that need the money, work hard, and use their hands to make money. Manufacturing moved overseas for a variety of reasons, from high taxes, to low wages, to skilled workers. Gone are the days when one hoped their child would grow up to work in a manufacturing plant, or work as a plumber, welder or carpenter. We have become a service industry society with college graduation the equivalent of what high school graduation was many years ago. There are “trade” schools out there, but many have been plagued with bad reputations for high loan rates, and low graduation rates. Gone are the days of apprenticeship where one carpenter would take a student from high school and teach him the trade. (I am sure liability has a lot to do with that). I read that in the year 2020 there will be millions of job openings in the “trades” but with not enough skilled individuals to fill them. And that’s sad. When I taught students how to work with their hands, how to think creatively, and how to follow the project from inception through to creation, I was heard to say “I want intelligent people in the trades”. I want young people to feel it is ok to be in a career that when you sit back, or drive by, you can say “I put on that roof”, or “I helped wire that person’s house”, or “see that driveway?, I laid the pavers”. Working with your hands and head can be rewarding, and you almost always have something to show for it in the end, even if it is just a pair of socks.

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2 Responses to “It’s sock time”

  1. Kate Says:

    I wish I knew how to do something useful!

    • rtlvr Says:

      We all do useful things, the trick is to be able to share the uses with others. Making things with our hands (and hearts) is a selfish act and can be an altruistic act, as well as a way to grow economically. Many small businesses have started in this country because the “maker” decided to live off of their talents.

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