Honorable and worthy vocations

The world used to be more orderly and peaceful. We all knew our roles and place in the world. Guided by our parents, pastors, and teachers, we knew how high we should reach and set our goals, so that one day we successfully reach our niche in life. We studied as children and then as adults fulfilled our occupations and professions to the best of our abilities, or at least satisfactorily and responsibly. We strove to reach our métier in life, so we would not end up as a disillusioned and unemployed “poets manqué.”

Today many parents are relinquishing their responsibilities, accounting for such nonsense as midnight basketball and no curfews resulting in such “pranks” as vandalism at Walmart, or more serious crimes like the deadly “Knockout game,” associated with gangs or plain idle delinquency.

The problem is many youngsters do not have sufficient moral guidance to prepare them for fulfilling their future. Instead, our politically correct schools under NEA guidance and our popular culture with all their media clichés, become, by default, the misguided councillors. Children are told to “reach for the stars,” but not all of them can reach those dizzying heights, especially with faulty indulgent parental discipline and deficient education. And not all of us need to be lawyers, doctors, professors, and rocket scientists to be useful to society and to reach self-fulfillment. While one of my daughters is studying to be a lawyer, my son is serving in the military on his way to the Middle East!

Many of the youngsters failing to achieve the misinterpreted and unrealistic expectations of “reaching for the stars” become discouraged and psychologically traumatized. Some, alienated, blame society and turn to a life of vagrancy or crime. Some politicians exploit the alienation of the young for political self-aggrandizement and manipulation of power.

We are ostensibly “created equal” in an idealized political system, but certainly not biologically. Socialist Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wants to send all young people to colleges and universities. What nonsense! We need young people to do what they can do best. Vocational work is not only honorable and honest work but worthy and gainful work that should be supported. Job training in community colleges should be promoted and youngsters with talent for skilled trades should be encouraged to pursuit them.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find skilled workers. Has the reader required the service of a “blue collar” professional lately? If you have not called an electrician, plumber, or air conditioning repairman you might be surprised at the cost of their repairs — and you may just wonder why there isn’t more competition. Perhaps this little note of encouragement will help displaced youngsters find their way, as well as promote competition in skilled labor, which is always beneficial to society and the marketplace.

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Dr. Miguel A. Faria is an associate editor in chief and world affairs editor of Surgical Neurology International and the author of "Cuba in Revolution — Escape from a Lost Paradise." His website is www.haciendapub.com.

This article was printed in the Macon Telegraph on April 9, 2016.

This article may be cited as: Faria MA. Honorable and worthy vocations. Macon Telegraph, April 9, 2016. Available from: http://www.haciendapub.com/randomnotes/honorable-and-worthy-vocations

Copyright © 2016 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD

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College ideology vs useful vocational training

Is College Worth It? Increasing Numbers Say No by Michael Barone, GOPUSA, June 13. 2017

“ ‘Too many people are going to college,’ writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That’s not a response to the mob of students who attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It’s the title of the third chapter in his 2008 book, “Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality.’

“Since Murray wrote those words, higher-education enrollment has in fact declined, from 20.6 million in 2011 to 19 million in 2016, according to Ohio University economists Richard Vedder and Justin Strehle, who wrote about it in The Wall Street Journal. That 8 percent drop was concentrated in community colleges and for-profit schools.

“… Young people planning their futures might be wise to hesitate to commit their time and money to institutions run by the people committing these outrages. And they have reason to suspect they don’t offer much in the way of serious education.

“The long march of the ’60s generation has politicized disciplines from English to anthropology. University faculties, which range from the merely liberal to revolutionary leftists — some diversity there! — ensure that many classes are limited to mind-deadening denunciations of dead white men. Students interested in Shakespeare or American constitutional history need not apply..."
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Discus tk responds in GOPUSA: it’s great that somebody is actually bringing this to light. USA Today actually published an article … on it’s FRONT PAGE no less … several years ago purporting that fully 70% of all of the jobs in America DO NOT require a college degree! No fooling. With the exception of specialized fields, i.e. medicine, engineering, etc., most occupations can be “learned” (taught) by doing old fashioned “mentoring” and/or “apprenticeships.”

Some people work well with the heads, others work well with their hands. We NEED people that can fix our furnaces, air conditioners and our cars, as well as those that can function as “rocket scientists”. How well we know the old saying, “if you find a good mechanic, KEEP HIM!”. A college graduate with a useless degree (dast I say it, Liberal Arts?) isn’t who you are going to turn to when your transmission goes on the fritz.

Time to get the “trade” schools going again. Time to have the government “incentivize” something that will bear fruit for a change: help businesses pay the cost of taking on “rookies” and teaching them something useful. It is a cold hard fact that everybody is NOT cut out for college, especially the useless politicized trash that is offered these days.

Oleoteabag responds in GOPUSA: disqus, there was a time when those kinds of training and apprenticeships were offered in HIGH SCHOOL, and students who did not WANT to attend a 4-year college could actually graduate HIGH SCHOOL with a useful trade that enabled them to earn a good living! I don’t know WHY that ever fell by the wayside, but suspect it has something to do with the damned LEFTISTS getting control of our schools, and converting the entire educational system to a COMMUNIST BRAINWASHING sheep factory! After all, the Communists don’t WANT people learning trades and becoming self-sufficient! They want them to be DEPENDENT upon the almighty government for EVERYTHING.

We need to bring those trade school and apprenticeship programs BACK to our high schools. MANY students would be BETTER served by such programs than being SHOVED into college and saddled with CRUSHING student debt to obtain a “degree” that is WORTHLESS for earning a living!

Is College Worth It? Increasing Numbers Say No

Vocational training & education

Charles Richardson (Editor, Macon Telegraph): ... Everything wrong in education isn't the fault of the Left or the NEA. I understand your take on things, but the political bent blunts the message. For example, if I understand, Bernie Sanders proposal, which I don't agree with, is that it would also apply to technical and trade schools. Nowadays, every tradesman needs certification. I agree that college isn't for everyone, but I also realize for those without some sort of education beyond high school the road to success will be rough. Computer skills are a must.

I can name a dozen companies that are actively training their future workforce. You can make $80k - $100k climbing poles for Georgia Power. Pipe fitters get paid even more — and the job doesn't follow you home and it can't be exported.

I will pray for your son. The Middle East is a dangerous place. I have three great nephews and one nephew in the Army. All have been overseas. Getting shot at is no joke.

Dr. Miguel Faria: As always we disagree on certain things given OUR political bents. I agree about the computer skills, which are a must, which brings me to my youngest daughter, who was home-schooled with the program of he Georgia Cyber Academy, (supplemented in the summer by our own instructions at home in the humanities and science).

I also disagree with Sander's proposal at many levels, and I'm glad we agree on that. Moreover, education, including vocational training, should be left to the state governments. There is no authority granted to the Federal government for intrusion in education, and what it has done, unconstitutional at that, has been faulty and some ways catastrophic. Education, like health and crime control, should be left to the states.

Incidentally, Georgia Cyber Academy was an incredible good thing for her, and I recommend it strongly for motivated kids. In any event she was completely well trained in computer skills (a cyber whiz very well prepared before she went to college). She attends GCSU, where she remains a straight A student. Thanks for your thoughts and candid reply.

P/S. The Middle East is dangerous. Thanks for your prayers. Have you read the story of Colonel Iman? The article in the Guardian is the best piece of journalism I have ever read. Absolutely incredible: http://haciendapub.com/articles/spying-belly-beast-revolutionary-guards-...

"Blue collar" work

Posted comments under the Macon Telegraph article (April 11, 2016):

Dr. Richard Elliot: Dr Faria, Thank you for another well-written point of view. I am especially sympathetic to the point of view that we have disparaged technical work, e.g., "blue collar" work. These are among the most useful and honorable occupations, and the "push-all-towards-college" movement has done many a disservice.

Dillard Jenkins: It's true Doctor, everyone cannot not be as wise as you.