Summary Of Mike Rose's Blue Collar Brilliance

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Do you think someone with a higher education-level job requires more from the worker than someone that started working right from high school? Or do you think that not going to college after high school means that you just stop learning? One of Mike Rose’s main ideas in the Blue-Collar Brilliance is the question, is there really a difference between white and blue collar worker? Mike Rose is being persuasive in the text because he shows how his family went through blue collar work. I think Mike Rose is being persuasive in writing this. “Blue-Collar Brilliance” is about Mike Rose challenging the view that perspicacity can be quantified by the amount of schooling a person has consummated. He suggests that blue-collar and regular jobs require …show more content…

Most of these jobs use several devices, see how to use your judgment on things, and know to a certain point of the things that they might use in their jobs. Rose says that “Carpenters have an eye for length, line, and angle; hairstylists are attuned to shape, texture, and motion.”(pg.284).There also jobs that require planning skills, problem solving skills and math skills. Rose also says that “Though many kinds of physical work don’t require a high literacy level, more reading occurs in the blue collar workplace.”(pg.285). That just basically states that more skills are used at the blue collar job level than at the white collar job level. I think Mike Rose was successful in being persuasive when he wrote this. I think he was successful because he not only states the jobs that require extra learning in the essay but he uses his own connection. He put his mother in the essay and talks about her work life and he puts in his uncle’s work life and talks about his transition to a higher position and the problems he had. In conclusion, there really isn’t a big difference between blue collar job and white collar jobs. One of the big differences is education level of the work. But the skills used and knowledge obtained is at the same level if not on a high level than white collar

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