Changing Workforce / STEM Education / Career Development

Perspective: Fighting anti-manufacturing bias

By David E. Cole for the Detroit News

Jan 21, 2016

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It’s a modern paradox that — through advanced technology and improved industry productivity — we can now build “big tech” items like cars and trucks competitively with anybody in the world, but that we may not be able to continue to do so because of the lack of a properly educated and skilled workforce.

Sadly, a silent prejudice against manufacturing-related pursuits has arisen, especially among our young people. The glamour of inventing the next great computer app, or the lure of the service industry, mixed with outdated ideas about the true nature of manufacturing have shaped a generation of students to ignore such opportunities. Too often when a student finds an interest in “making things,” he or she will go home to find a parent who says “not my child.”

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