I saw this cartoon on Reddit today and it really annoyed me:
Who’s to say the garbage man doesn’t have a great job? That he isn’t happy? He’s outdoors, he gets exercise every day, and he likely started his working life without a mountain of student loan debt. At the end of his work shift he can take pride in the fact that he kept the roadways clean for the judgey parents and their kids, allowing for safe passage and preventing rodents from accumulating.
If money is the concern, I know plumbers and house painters who make six figures a year. But that’s not the point. Don’t assume a blue-collar worker is unhappy, uneducated, poor or in need of a savior with a liberal arts degree. He just might be as happy as a clam. And for the love of God, don’t teach your kids that skilled labor jobs are undesirable! Learning these skills will serve them for as long as they live, and allow them to live and work anywhere in the world.