This article by Mathew B. Crawford in the NY Times Magazine stuck a note with me as Dad and I have been discussing the subject of “College For All” lately.
It’s a great (and long) read, and oh-so-true. Simply put: Skilled, hands-on-trades should have just as much value in our society as those that require “college learnin’.”
I remember when I first got down to the farm here after leaving the big corporate job. I enjoyed mowing 30+ acres of grass, a job that took almost two weeks with the equipment we had available. In some cases, it almost seemed when the job was finished, it was time to start again.
Someone asked me why I liked such a mundane task.
I responded, “At the end of the day, I can look behind me at all the mowed grass and be satisfied at the sight of a job I completed. I know ‘I did that.’ No manager is going to come along and invalidate the work. It’s done, and it’s mine. No one can take it from me.”