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[Susan notes: This is a provocative letter. I only wonder why these skilled people need a college education.]

Published in New York Times
05/17/2004

To the editor

I looked in vain in the May 13 Op-Chart for the job title "skilled repair person." There may not be any jobs down the pike for typesetters and timber cutters, but there had better be someone willing and able to fix all of our broken cars, appliances, buildings and so on.



Boomers may choose Borders for how-to books and Home Depot for the tools, but most repairs will require expertise. How about adding a category of "Basic Mechanical Know-How" to "People Skills and Emotional Intelligence" and "Analytic Reasoning"? A college graduate who has also learned a skilled trade should never be out of work.



Jeff Moredock, chief operating officer, National Association of Independent Schools


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