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The Blue Collar Man

Date: 15 March, 2005

By: Chief

Imageave you ever noticed how many people poke fun at the blue collar working man? Have you ever noticed that most of the people doing the poking are white collar workers? Yeah, me too. What to me is funny is the simple fact that if it were not for the blue collar worker, there would be no white collar workers. Period.

If it were not for the:

The white collar workers would, quite literally, die.

I am not trying to forget our trades either. Framers, cementers, carpenters, masons, plumbers, etc. Y'all know who you are. Y'all are bloody well important also.

Think it through folks. How many white collar workers have the knowledge to raise their own livestock? Or grow their own vegetables? How many of these cubicle workers could milk a cow, butcher a steer or scarify okra seeds? Let alone frame a house, fix their own car or change the 'O' rings on a leaky faucet. Very, very few I submit. Yet it is these same holier than thou college educated idiots who seem to think that they have all the answers. If a person does not desire to attend a four year university or better, that person is dirt according to the white collar trash class. Just ask one of 'em where milk comes from and they might just tell you "a store." I've had that happen.

I bring this to your attention because back in February of this year a bunch of state governors, industry leaders and educators got together for the first ever National Education Summit. The whole concept of this summit is to develop a basic plan which, in theory, will make today's students — tomorrow's workers — able to do the job. Whatever that may mean. Indeed, Governor Mark Warner, (D) Virginia, said:

"We can't keep explaining to our nation's parents or business leaders or college faculties why these kids can't do the work" (Quote from AP).

I'd say that was pretty damning. However, and not to be out done, was what Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft, a convicted monopolist said:

"America's high schools are obsolete. By obsolete, I don't just mean that they're broken, flawed or underfunded, though a case could be made for every one of those points. By obsolete, I mean our high schools — even when they're working as designed — cannot teach all our students what they need to know today" (Quote from AP).

Really? That coming from the chairman of a company that steals ideas and concepts from other companies, withholds or destroys evidence of same (during a lawsuit no less) is not my idea of someone who should be discussing anything about our public schools unless he was doing so from behind bars. It would have been better had he kept his mouth shut.

Our public education system — the public schools that the vast majority of kids are sent to — are really a mess. I do not think that anybody would argue that point. There are a variety of reasons for this and I do not intend to list them all, just a few of the major ones:

All are at fault in bringing down the public schools. And now with politicians, educators and industry leaders (what industries were represented anyhow?) gearing up to 'fix' our public school system things are about to get worse. Count on it. Furthermore, guess which groups were not represented at this pow-wow? Blue collars and parents. The ones that count were not invited.

All of these people attending this disaster in the making have exactly one thing in common — they are all white collar workers. Every single stinking one of them. In other words, they have no clue about the 'real' world.

The part of this that really sucks is that the summiters, with their preconceived ideas, stayed at nice hotels, ate real good, drove or were driven to the summit site and not one of them, I would be willing to bet, ever thought about who built the car they were driving or riding in, who built the hotel they were staying in or who cooked their food. Let alone who grew the food they were devouring or how that food got to their table.

When you compare the two classes, white and blue, you find some interesting things. First off the blue collars actually produce something. Be it food, vehicles, houses, etc. White collars produce, well, nothing. White collars, on the other hand, did bring us such notables as the Titanic, Enron, Global Crossing, World Com, insider trading, endless lawsuits and the great depression. To add insult to injury there is Microsoft whose products have provided its users with viruses, worms and trojans galore along with security holes big enough to drive an eighteen wheeler through.

Now I must admit that I do know and respect a couple of white collar guys. One is the local bank manager and the other runs the local post office. Both of them were brought up blue collar. Both had to produce. Both did. They understand the situation completely.

Yet it is the white collars saying our high schools are obsolete. The very same color that has not produced a product ... and let me put a time frame on that ... ever.

I tell you what, if you really want to fix our public high schools then keep politicians, industry leaders and educators out of the fixing process. Keep it local — the school board and the parents. That is all that is necessary. What might work in Seattle, for example, might not work in Dexter, New Mexico. The 'one size fits all' approach never succeeds.

To me, in the final analysis, we do not need more engineers, we sure as shootin' do not need more computer programmers (they are a dime a dozen) and God knows (there might even be one) we truly do not need anymore lawyers. What we do need are people who can actually produce — build — something. People who believe in hard work and honest living. The blue collars.

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