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Dirty Job’s Mike Rowe On Education In America

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    December 16, 2013

    Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs chimes in on the US education system in an interview with Nick Gillespie on Reason.Com.

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    Rowe: If we are lending money that ostensibly we don’t have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don’t exist, I might suggest that we’ve gone around the bend a little bit.

    Gillespie: We are doing everything we can to push every kid to go to a four-year college. What’s wrong with that?
    Rowe: It’s not working. You have a trillion dollars in debt on the student loan side. You have a skills gap, something [interrupted by Gillespie]

    Gillespie: What do you mean a skills gap?
    Rowe: Right now you have about 3 million jobs in transportation, commerce, trades, that can’t be filled.

    Gillespie: Anything from carpentry to electricians, plumbers,
    Rowe: [interjects] Heating, electric, truck drivers, welders is a big one, jobs that typically parents don’t sit down and say to their kids – look if all goes well, this is what you are going to do.

    Rowe’s advice is summed up in the following clip I took from the video.

    Get Ready to Get Dirty


    The video is a lengthy 41 minutes but Reason.com provides this synopsis so you can skip to topics that interest you.

    • His bad experience with a high school guidance counselor (3:20)
    • Why he provides scholarships based on work ethic (6:57)
    • The problem with taxpayer-supported college loans (8:40)
    • Why America demonizes dirty jobs (11:32)
    • The happiest day of his life (13:14)
    • Why following your passion is terrible advice (17:05)
    • Why it’s so hard to hire good people (21:04)
    • The hidden cost of regulatory compliance (23:16)
    • The problem with Obama’s promise to create shovel ready jobs (33:05)
    • Efficiency versus effectiveness (34:17)
    • Life after Dirty Jobs (38:24)



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