Valuing Intellectual Depth and Its Relationship to Work and Life in All Its Forms

by Krista Tippett, host

I was hooked by the opening lines of Mike Rose’s lovely book, The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker:

“I grew up a witness to the intelligence of the waitress in motion, the reflective welder, the strategy of the guy on the assembly line. This, then is something I know: the thought it takes to do physical work. Such work put food on our table, gave shape to stories of affliction and ability, framed how I saw the world … I’ve been thinking about this business of intelligence for a long time: the way we decide who’s smart and who isn’t, the way the work someone does feeds into that judgment, and the effect such judgment has on our sense of who we are and what we can do.”

Appropriate listening for this Labor Day weekend. Work. Education. Civic imagination. Here’s some perspective:

"It took a guy with a college degree to screw this up and a guy with a high school degree to fix it."

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