Blue Collar Brilliance By Mike Rose Essay

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In the article “Blue-Collar Brilliance,” the author, Mike Rose uses his own life experiences to portray the true value of working a “blue-collar” job. The most common assumption about blue-collar jobs is that they require no intelligence or skill what-so-ever. “Intelligence is closely associated with formal education– the type of schooling a person has, how much and how long– and most people seem to move comfortably from that notion to belief that work requiring less schooling requires less intelligence,” said Rose, emphasizing the very assumption that a better part of people latch onto.
Rose starts off by describing how his mother Rose Meraglio Rose (Rosie) shaped her adult identity as a waitress in coffee shops and family restaurants in Los Angeles during the 1950s. As the young Mike Rose grew up, he would sit with his father waiting for her shifts to end and study the movements of his mother while she worked, while doing so he was able to learn to appreciate blue-collar jobs and the importance of them. He explains how the conversations between the cook and waitress was practically a foreign language, and concludes from his research that blue-collar work not only takes someone with effective strength, but also someone with a sharp mind, common sense, and good knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.
Rose goes on to state how his mother quit school in the seventh grade to help raise her brothers and sisters. Some of those siblings made it through high school; some dropped…

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