The waning of manufacturing in the economy may be resulting in a dilution of craftsmanship - long a vital ingredient in the American self-image as a can-do people.
"In an earlier generation, we lost our connection to the land, and now we are losing our connection to the machinery we depend on," says Michael Hout, a sociologist at the University of California, Berkeley.
Sounds like now would be a good time to help our country and personal piggy banks by learning a skill.
As newspapers continue to lay off staff, one question is what will help to fill the gap that is left -- where will that journalism come from? We've seen signs this week of one partial answer: amateur journalists making use of social media.
COMMENTARY | A recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics comparing changes in arts education in public schools from 1999-2000 to 2009-2010 shows that since the start of No Child Left Behind, our public schools have seen a...
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