Thursday, June 10, 2010

I really don't like Arne

Today there are no good jobs for a high school dropout in the legal economy.


Arne is an arse.

Farmers feed us.
Musicians, actors, and professional athletes entertain us.
Masons, carpenters, and roofers build our shelters.

If Arne's point is that the economy is swirling in porcelain right now, well, OK, but that's not what he means.

I don't like idiocy in general, but it's particularly hard to take from a spoiled rich mama's boy who's never held a real job in his life.

Really, Arne--what have you done?

I am not anti-education. We spent about a quarter million dollars on our kids' education, money well spent.

We did not spend the money to prepare them for corporations; we did not spend the money to prepare them for some certification needs. We spent the money to help develop a better sense of the world, the world that exists outside gold-tinted glass windows trapping the happy squirrels inside.

Each earns a living, and neither needed a high school diploma to do what they do today. And both are part of the "legal" economy.


Leslie said...

Maybe Arne needs to read about his kid:
"Until school started this year, Manahawkin's Frank Bentivegna didn't know an "A" valve from an aerator. But in June, he'll represent high school students across the state in a competition that will crown the best student plumber in the nation.

The 18-year-old Southern Regional High School senior's rise as the state's top student plumber was unconventional. Neither of his parents, Frank and Leonora, works in the trade, and he admits: "I never touched anything with plumbing before."

After realizing "college wasn't going to be my thing," Bentivegna spoke to his guidance counselor about pursuing a career in which he could work with his hands. Coincidentally, the Ocean County Vocational Technical School in Waretown was bringing back its plumbing program after a long absence - so Bentivegna enrolled.

A quick study under instructor Lori Miceli, of Southhampton, Burlington County, Bentivegna not only entered the New Jersey state plumbing championship, he won it. He will now travel to Kansas City, Mo., for the national SkillsUSA Championships June 21 to 26.

"It's amazing how much Frank has accomplished in such a small amount of time," Miceli said.

Already winning tools for his performance at the state level, Bentivegna has a chance to win scholarship money and possibly more tools.

"I think the secret is that I don't really think about it. I just do it," Bentivegna said."

Unknown said...

Nicely done! "Spoiled rich mama's boy." Exactly.

DRP said...