How apprenticeships can empower fathers and strengthen marriages

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  • JCHinMO Springfield, MO
    Feb. 27, 2014 6:40 a.m.

    Not everyone is better off in college. Trade and apprenticeship programs are a good thing, and should be promoted as a maturing experience. Honor the people that tend your garden, wire your lights, plumb your faucets, and build your roads. The perform essential tasks that DO take education and knowledge, and skills that not everyone can master.
    However, even though I know this series of articles is aimed at the function of fathers in families, this particular article starts out with in old-fashioned chauvinist view that "as men’s earnings have stagnated, marriage has declined." The truth is far more complicated than that, and the statement completely ignore the responsibilities and impact of half the marriage partnership. I suggest that you go back and read the article and insert "women" for "men" and it would be just as applicable. Equal rights for women means equal responsibilities as well.

  • Woodworker Highland, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 6:24 p.m.

    As a former teacher of college, high school, and elementary-aged students I wholeheartedly agree that students should be taught hands-on skills. I wish, in hindsight, that I had learned a trade before getting my college degree. I'm unable to list here all the reasons why apprenticeships would help so many students. However, look to the example of Mr.& Mrs. Hershey in Pennsylvania who adopted many children and schooled them in both a trade and a traditional curriculum. Mr. President, I submit that the goal should not be to have all people graduate with a college degree. Rather, all people need a blend of knowledge and hands-on skills to be successful. P.S. My brother is both a successful lawyer and a skilled mechanic.

  • lindaj72 salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 26, 2014 6:08 p.m.

    My oldest son is senior photographer at CBS. He is successful in his career of almost 25 years. He started there as an apprentice. He waited tables and worked as a bartender in order to survive during his apprenticeship. I hope businesses will give this serious consideration.

  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    Feb. 26, 2014 7:17 a.m.

    I'm really interested in this reasoning. For most of human history, this is exactly how people grew up; boys went out to help dad, girls helped out mom, learning the skills their parents had and used on a daily basis.

    Even when schooling became widespread and commonplace through the ancient world, in Israel for instance, boys would come home from learning and take their cues from dad, and would be in some sense considered an adult by thirteen, about the age that these kinds of academic issues begin to show up today.

    Nothing would empower our people more than to raise them on how to work both publically and privately, rather than not seeing the purpose in school or relationships, looking for work in an empty, mechanical fashion (if at all). I myself struggled through college for several years without any understanding or direction, having had no practical skills such as sewing, electrical work, mechanical maintenance, or even gardening, but I've always longed for these opportunities.