Saturday, August 26, 2006

Shop Class as Soulcraft


Via Stuart Buck. I too, seriously enjoyed the article "Shop Class as Soulcraft," by Matthew Crawford, who praises the manual trades. Both as an individual and as a parent wondering how I am going to steer my children toward a fulfilled life. I loved the concluding paragraph especially the bit"cubicle-dwelling tender of information systems"

"So what advice should one give to a young person? By all means, go to college. In fact, approach college in the spirit of craftsmanship, going deep into liberal arts and sciences. In the summers, learn a manual trade. You’re likely to be less damaged, and quite possibly better paid, as an independent tradesman than as a cubicle-dwelling tender of information systems. To heed such advice would require a certain contrarian streak, as it entails rejecting a life course mapped out by others as obligatory and inevitable.".

1 comment:

VallyP said...

What wisdom...so neatly expressed too