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[Susan notes: Stephen Krashen, ever alert to letter-writing opportunities, won special recognition from Southwest Airlines for his letter "Well Crafted," published in their magazine, Spirit. As the winner of their "top letter" award, Stephen received a Spirit T-shirt.

The Spirit editor The included this comment after Stephen's letter: "We're all

for academics, Stephen. (Some of our best friends are emeritus professors.) But you're right. If we'd all think more like craftsmen, our world would beĆ¢€”well, better crafted."


Published in Spirit, South West Airlines magazine

To the editor

Well crafted

"Dream Job" is the right article for America at the right time. With

the current emphasis on academics and high test scores, our country

appears to be moving away from the time when "fixing things" and other

forms of practical expertise was, as Mike Rowe says, "not only

celebrated but also revered."

Former US Cabinet member John W. Gardner pointed out that we all lose

when we lose respect for non-academic work: "The society which scorns

excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness

in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good

plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will

hold water."

Stephen Krashen, PhD, Professor Emeritus USC

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