'Dustin' feeds trades stereotype

Friday November 16, 2012

In reference to the "Dustin" comic strip in The Eagle of Nov. 13: This insult to the trades is an example of why America is in danger of losing a valuable part of our society: people who can make and fix things.

In other parts of the world the trades are respected and well-paid occupations. This stereotype that the trades are only for losers that can’t do anything else keeps many students (and the parents who influence their future) from exploring a career that may be their true calling.

Dustin is certainly not bright or motivated enough to succeed in the trades, which require intelligence, hard work and a passion to work with one’s hands.


Washington, Ma.

The writer is director of The Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts.


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