Monday, October 02, 2006

Should the Liberal Arts include the Trades?

I found this interesting article this morning, where the author suggests that students should spend their summers in the trades, working with their hands to gain a full appreciation of the human mind.

I find it an oddly compelling argument--building things is not rocket science, but gives you great perspective on how things are put together and challenges your mind in ways complementary to intellectual endeavors.



lammers said...

I come from a blue-collar background, and have done a fair amount of manual labor since starting college: park groundskeeping & Kansas wheat harvest in various summers, plus two years in a furniture factory before returning to grad school. I certainly feel those experiences enriched me, helped to ground my academics and scholarship in the real world. I've always been glad for it.

Anonymous said...

sounds like a "blue-collar fantasy camp" to me