About those jobs Americans don’t want to do: Mike Rowe to Romney

“Certainly, we need more jobs, and you were clear about that in Tampa. But the Skills Gap proves that we need something else too. We need people who see opportunity where opportunity exists. We need enthusiasm for careers that have been overlooked and underappreciated by society at large. We need to have a really big national conversation about what we value in the workforce, and if I can be of help to you in that regard, I am at your service – assuming of course, you find yourself in a new address early next year.”

Some folks have a rather intimate contact with that segment of ‘dirty jobs’ that have to get done. Mike Rowe is one of them and it has given him a mission. He writes an open letter to Governor Romney as a part of that and shares it with us as The First Four Years Are The Hardest….

What he is talking about is a proper appreciation for the skilled trades as a means for career fulfilment. The education establishment is singled out as one source steering the young towards other careers and fostering dissatisfaction with ‘menial’ labor. That may be as vocational education tends to float around in the background at academe.

But perhaps one of the brightest allies for Mike Rowe are the Home and Garden Channel shows that put the trades on parade in making the home a healthier, safer, and more attractive place.

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