Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers–by Scott Samuelson for Atlantic Magazine April 29,2014

A revisitation of Scott’s five year old article is just as significant, if not more so, today; especially with the continuing notion that the time and effort to go to college may not be worth it. As with most situations, it depends on the person and individual circumstance.

It is that old balancing act of being knowledgeable and being employable. They are not necessarily one in the same. Certainly employability and applied skill sets will certainly facilitate the climb upwards from the lower rungs of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It is a path for economic sustainablility for both the individual and society. However, one’s education has to be much more in order to fully contribute to our civic, cultural and ecological responsibility to each other and the planet.


Blue-collar jobs like plumbing pay $90,000 without a college degree, and it’s driving more workers to trade school–by Alana Akhtar for Business Insider

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