Many days, I doubt if anyone really has a clue in Washington, D.C. So many times we hear about partisan bickering, bad decisions and unproductive meetings.
That wasn’t the case yesterday. Mike Rowe, the creator, host and executive producer of the Discovery Channel’s show Dirty Jobs was on Capitol Hill to testify to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. He was called before the committee to talk about the lack of vocational training in our schools and the number of jobs available that can’t be filled because there are not enough qualified tradespeople to do the work.
Mike’s brief presentation was riveting as he spoke about his grandfather – a jack of all trades – and how today’s education system has significantly reduced the importance of vocational education.
His call for a nationwide PR effort to bring vocational education back to schools was funny, impassioned and thought provoking. You can read the text of the statement at the link above, but Mike is a very effective communicator, and you would miss the emotion in his voice. If you want the full impact of the testimony, check out the video here.
Watching that video, it’s difficult to figure out who was more impressed to be in the others presence – Committee Chairman Senator Jay Rockefeller or Mike.