Blue Collar Workers Vs. White Collar Workplace

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Mike Rose grew up in a middle-class, blue collar family. He was not the best student until he was pushed by a teacher during his primary schooling. In college he studied humanities and social/ psychological sciences. Later on, he attended graduate school to study education and cognitive psychology. Although he didn 't have the formal education he has now, Rose is able to analyze his memories of his mother and how she learned the same skills he studied in school, in her work place. Growing up in a blue-collar household, Rose is able to explain what its like to work in that field based off first hand observations.
Rose’s central argument lies on the widespread social debate about blue-collar workers versus white-collar workers. Rose believes that blue-collar work has slowly become under valued in society from an educational standpoint. Rose states that intelligence throughout history has always be based off the amount of formal education a person has received. He believes that valuable intelligence can come from the hands-on approach that blue-collar work can bring. He is in a position that of a white-collar worker who was brought up in a blue-collar family, and is attempting expose the reality of the knowledge that is obtained through working blue-collar jobs. He uses narratives and images to convey his standpoint. The narratives that he uses are the stores of his family members who worked blue-collar jobs. By doing this he is able to creative leverage for his argument. The images he uses show his family members in their prospective fields, and show how they dress and how a typical day at the job went.
Rose uses the stories of his mother, who worked as a waitress, and his uncle who worked as a factory worker. Even though R...

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Rose began to study how blur collar workers such has his mom and uncle thought. and catalogued the mental demands of different types of blur collar jobs. He documents the skills developed and knowledge gained by blue-collar workers to better justify his argument of why blue-collar work shouldn 't be undervalued. In conclusion, Rose mentions that we as a society shouldn 't measure a persons intelligence based of the amount of formal schooling they 've received, and that if we continue to undervalue everyday work efforts by simply saying you cant learn by doing we a setting a negative example for the future. Rose affirms that intelligence cannot be measured by how much you learn in a classroom setting, because everyone in every profession can learn the cognitive skills needed to thrive in their prospective workforce.

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