Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bailout notes and a modest proposal

Funny or not so funny: our two candidates only gingerly supported the bailout (afraid to commit) but now blame each other for its failure. It's not over by a long shot. As stakes heighten, we'll scare them into accepting the power-grab.

TS mentions that old Newt would vote to accept the bailout. A week ago he was totally against it and cautioned for cooler heads to prevail. (We shouldn't rush into anything so big was the gist of his comments I heard.) I wonder what happened to change his mind?

Enough of this! I am on the road a bit today, so I am sure I will get an earful.


Been thinking on some things for a while and want to "share"....

I have known the ups and downs of the job market and the economy in my career(s), being laid off twice, been through more than one company failure and buyout. A four year degree has become more of an indoctrination of good capitalists or good leftists (or a little of both) and much more of career training than a classic liberal arts education.

And to be honest, many men may be better off in providing for their families, not with the business or engineering degree, but with a trade or skill-yet these men need a real education.

So, here is the not so modest proposal: A 2-year school for men which had a core-curriculum of theology, philosophy, history of western civ and classic literature, and a course in practical arts (cross-training the basics of the trades to follow). Majors would be in a trade: Electrician, Plumbing, Carpentry, Agriculture/animal husbandry, Engine Repair (car and small engine) etc. (any others?) These trades are somewhat recession-proof.

The campus would have student housing and a permanent chaplain and chapel. The school could have some income by selling produce/meat and services (student mechanics, electricians etc.) to the local area. A somewhat rural location with low property costs, but with some access to great population centers (apprenticeships) would be ideal.

I know this would take a bit $$$$ (maybe not the best time to start soliciting funds?), but I think this is a good idea. Does this exist (Don Bosco did this, didn't he?)

And finally, men would board at the school, but then go back to their community of origin-which I think is important. What say you all. Poke some holes, ask some questions.

Oremus pro invicem!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


There is a school that is somewhat like what you are talking about that is located in Murphy NC.

"John C. Cambell Folk School"

It is a wholly secular school that dabbles in the occult side of the protestant side of things with "Dream Catchers" and getting in touch with our "Indian Sprits" and that sort of bilge.

But on the good side the school which was founded in the early 1900's, has classes in wood working, tin smithing, weaving, glass working, and my favorite Blacksmithing.

I took a class there at the blacksmith side of the school and was very impressed with the teachers and the class. The blacksmiths were decidedly not trying to get in touch with their hot iron spirit friend or the spirit of the Hammer or any silly thing like that so it was just the business of blacksmithing. The other sections of the school intermingled with each other for new age type activities, that the blacksmiths just ignored.

The sad thing is that the school does not take Kids but on a limited basis once a year with their parents.

It is very interesting that this school was created on the basis that you put forth, but it was Hi Jacked in the 1970s into its current liberal bastion of new age anti Christianism.

Other wise the school has great classes.

Jim Dorchak