Reader responds to Niles letter

To the editor:

Once again Ken Grabowski has written another great article on children and education. Ken Grabowski has written countless excellent articles for the News Advocate. Today’s article on “College for Kids” does positively show how children become inspired to dream and work work to achieve that dream — an accomplishment that makes life worth living and have enjoyment doing it.

Reflecting back on the recent July 19 article that Ken wrote on “We need more ‘doers’ and less ‘critical thinkers,'” I wish to express a response to the letter from Fred Niles on July 25 “Doers should also possess critical skills.”

We have three sons who are all professionally employed, one as a computer software engineer at Disney offices in California, one as a CEO and engineer in world wide environmental cleanup and remediation company and one who is a chief financial officer for a hardware computer company. These three fellows were very involved “doers” before they became critical thinkers in their respective fields.

Their experience was derived from being newspaper carriers (100 plus customers), constructive labors and factory labors. Experience, guidance, and education formed their critical thinking abilities. Not all people are motivated, inspired or guided well to find their choices of occupations. Not all persons want a four year education. They prefer working with their hands and need the necessary skills to do that. There talents and interests are in the “doers” fields and occupations.

Comments I hear from these sons and many various trade workers say we need more “doers”. We cannot find enough workers to fill the jobs for construction, plumbing, electrical, food services etc.

Another comment from one son was “the college educated people hired by his company do not acknowledge that arriving on work on time is required, are not able to produce the required work on a project, but feel they should be paid a high salary because they have a college education.”

We can never function effectively in this working world without the “critical thinker,” but it is actually the “doers” who produce something. Heaven forbid if we have more “critical thinkers” in government.

Donna Bauman

Manistee

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