Construction is not always “simple” work (use that word around a master tiler, for example)— liked this article until this choice of wording, which fairly negated your whole attempt and presented a position of privilege that whitewashed the whole thing.

In fact, these days, training for a vocation is probably a much smarter thing to do for many people than wasting time and money on a liberal arts degree and student loans. I know people who work in garbage collection because it pays better and offers them job security, not because they are “simple” jobs.

Compulsive storyteller. Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College. http://www.sanguinemeander.com

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