23. May 2011 05:39
After Mike Rowe testified for congress on the topic of the American workforce, he put out this CNN IReport to discuss what he calls a dysfunctional relationship with work in America. It's refreshing to hear a "celebrity" talk candidly about a topic that is real. Mike Rowe does it like only Mike Rowe can, cutting long explanations about his opinions, to a specific point "We have a skills gap in America." High unemployment alone doesn't tell the whole story of the struggle that we are facing. Jobs that can't be filled by the current workforce skills compounds the problem. Is part of the problem "PR for Plumbers?" Watch for yourself and decide.
4. May 2011 10:41
Star of "Dirty Jobs" gives his testimony on the American Workforce and how it has changed since he was a boy. When I hear politicians talk about preparing today's students for the future, I cringe at the thought of what "the future" actually means. Is it the future where all students go to a four year college, unemployment is at double digits, and skilled jobs remain unfilled?
How do we address the problem of a skills gap? Mike hits on the point of vanishing Career and Technical education in schools. I would agree, and state that if we don't engage students by the middle school level it may be too late.