Left Hand, Meet Right Hand

Just want to make sure I have this straight.

This was in the paper today:

If Connecticut wants to create more jobs and improve the economy, Democratic lawmakers say, it needs to focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, decide what investments to make, and educate a workforce for in-demand jobs. (Hartford Courant, 2/3/10)

And this was in the paper yesterday:

The state’s technical high schools are plagued by leaking roofs, serviced by broken-down buses and are so cash-strapped that some have run out of basic supplies such as wire in the electrical shop, legislators and education leaders said during a legislative hearing Monday.  (Hartford Courant, 2/2/10)

So they want to educate a workforce for in-demand jobs, but the technical high schools are going to hell?  Do I have that right?

Well-trained plumbers, carpenters, electricians and similar craftspeople have always been in demand and will always be in demand.

As I’ve noted before, I come from three generations of plumbers.  I wasn’t smart and talented enough to be one, so I do this.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

So is there any chance we can get the people from Story A to talk to the people in Story B?

It shouldn’t be that hard.  They work under the same roof.  And sooner or later, they’re all gonna need a plumber.


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11 Responses to Left Hand, Meet Right Hand

  1. Great post! You make so much sense on a really important issue: steering kids towards the trades. But that’s some catch, that catch 22.

    Nice job, Mr.Brooks. Nice job.

  2. I hear ya. Moriarty’s the handywoman in this family. Even my ten toes are thumbs. Anything with moving parts baffles me. I have trouble making coffee. Thank the gods for instant.

  3. Rick D says:

    Gerry, it makes you wonder sometimes how we manage to survive.

  4. #2 says:

    I read this and was trying to think of a snappy comment to fire off, (I won’t even mention your fabled days at S & S), but I can’t. This is just sad, tech schools offer a great opportunity for kids to build a skill that will serve them for the rest of their lives, maybe next time a legislator has a pipe burst and they are told it will be 3 days before they can get a plumber they will think differently.

  5. Terrific post Gerry. We here in Northwest CT are proud of Oliver Wolcott Tech in Torrington…it has served the entire NW Corner as an “alternative” to regular high school..I even remember it in operation back when I graduated high school in 1971…

  6. graham says:

    And this is why so many of our youth are leaving the state and not coming back. Also, many seniors are leaving reducing the tax base because they see CT. as “overpriced”.

  7. Gerry says:

    Thank you all for your great comments on this one.

  8. Well, I think we should send the kids/people taking the courses at the Tech Schools to go to the politicans houses and work there, but would have to ask the politicians if they have any wire/duct tape/drain cleaner, screw drivers, wrenchs, since the school couldn’t afford to give them to the students. This way the students will have jobs, but just use the customers equipment.

    What about the schools that don’t have money to pay teachers and have ‘extra curriculator’ activities such as sports? So, three teachers are let go from a language department, BUT there may be other areas in the school they could work in??

    I’m not saying to get rid of the teachers. My brother is a High School teacher in NY. He teaches History, half the time his students do not have the books they need for the class, since he didn’t get all the ones that he ordered since the money ran out. So, either he, another teacher or students will have to make copies of the pages they need for their studies. Then they are out of paper for doing the copies, so the teachers have to buy that out of their own pockets.

    Where did all the money go to help our kids from learning? We want our kids to go to college, yet, if they can’t do their homework since they can’t read chapters of books they don’t have.

    So, yes, we have to have the left hand and right hand meet one another.

    There is another ‘scene’ to this,,, Toyota. How long did Toyota know there had been problems with the cars? Why did it take until today (Feb. 5, 2010) the head of Toyota say he is sorry for the problems? Now he isn’t sure if the Prius should be recalled due to software problems? I remember one time while we were at my Grandmother’s funeral. My brother had just gotten a Brand New Lexus, he tried to unlock his doors, but they wouldn’t unlock with his key when he tried to do the remote. Luckily one of the windows was down so they could work on the lock for a half hour to open the door.

    First we all were upset about my Grandmother’s passing, then big brother (the one that spells ‘Gerry’, as “Jerry”)had to see if any of us had string/rope/cord so that he could go through the windows of the car, since now the doors wouldn’t stay closed. Luckily, I have two cousins who worked in the hardware business and they both cord to put thru the window to make sure the doors didn’t open before they got home.

    Gotta love it!

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