“We must restore industrial arts programs in schools!”
Posted by Bert Maes on July 5, 2010
But if as plumbers, electricians, welders, carpenters, lathe operators, truck drivers and other “essentials” disappeared, our country would grind to a halt.
We must encourage skilled trades and people working with their hands. We must mobilize the public to restore the dignity of essential skilled workers. We must restore industrial arts programs in schools to provide opportunities for young people in greater numbers to build careers building the things the world needs.
The good news is that that there are successful national and local initiatives working to address this crisis. One of them is Bradley Tech, a Milwaukee-based high school that has four academies, each mentored by a sponsor company (AT&T, Harley-Davidson, PieperPower & Rockwell Automation)
Bradley Tech provides hands-on education that encourages skilled trades. Reaching the next generation of young people, with much-needed programs like this, is the key to a sustainable Great Recovery.
The lens through which I view the world is simple: The manual arts always take precedence over the fine arts. Remember, someone had to build the ceiling before Michelangelo could go to work.
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Dear reader: what is most important for the future of our globe – athletes, financing specialists or manufacturers? Or in the words of Nick Panayotopoulos: “What is more important? The performance of a country’s national soccer (football) team or its economy? I.e. goals or exports?”