Becoming a tradesman takes five years – an apprenticeship. You get paid to learn, and when you choose to go to college you’ll get Life Credits for your experience. That alone can shorten the process by a full year.
Then there’s the money you earn while learning to be a tradesman. Even paying for rent and groceries is going to leave you with enough to pay for the first couple of years in college. And you’ll always have a job each summer and on weekends to keep earning money. Not a bad deal.
And you never have to worry about being out of a job. Even in an economy like this, good tradespeople are in demand. One of my clients is hiring mechanics as I write this.
The Occupy Wall Street movement wants media attention, yet is strangely unwilling to take responsibility for the message.
In a recent article in the New York Times, Justin Wedes (a former Brooklyn science teacher who helps manage the @occupywallstnyc Twitter account) says, “We are not trying to control the message. People are getting on board with the message of the 99 percent and they are sharing their stories and we have engagement from all over the world.”
Maybe I’m missing something, but that makes OWS seem like a global pity party. Let’s all whine about how bad we have it, and maybe it’ll magically get better. You have to wonder what would happen if all the OWS activists started putting their efforts into something creative and constructive.
In an effort to give them some direction, the Los Angeles Times has published a manifesto for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Even if the movement never adopts this particular manifesto, it did a lot to help me understand what OWS might be about.
Too bad I had to learn from the LA Times instead of the people with the message.