This comment was by G. on the post ‘Would You Idolize a Janitor?‘
In the USA, blue collars workers and some white collar workers (like teachers) have historically never have been treated as equal partners on an economic, political, and social level and probably never will; however, the wealthy people and CEOs depend on blue collar workers like the police and the military to keep the rest of population in check both here at home and abroad.
There was a film called the Finnish Way regarding Finland’s education system and the minister of education stated that 45% of the Finnish population work in vocational jobs while the rest of the population are working in jobs that require a university degree. He is trying to have a 50 to 50 ratio where half the people are vocational workers while the rest have jobs that require a university degree first. I like his approach compare to the USA where there is too much emphasis on going to college or get a high paying white collar job like being a doctor, lawyer, etc. Of course, nowadays, you have to go to college to get the vocational skills like a machinist, electrician, etc., because vocational programs have been eliminated and high schools no longer provide such programs.
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