Do you buy
products made in your own country or do you go for the cheapest made
Why don't we make our own
products anymore? Or Why You Should DIY And
Teach Your Children To Do So!
I have some Google alerts to tell me when a new merchandise is introduced, when someone puts my
e-book on a pirate site, and so on.
This afternoon a noted Engineer was
speaking at a college ( I won't post the url or quote him verbatim) basically he
was saying that in the Western world countries we are graduating less and less
Engineers, Programmers, and Technicians than any other time in our brief
Here is a news flash - The US of A Military released a study on the 'All
Volunteer Force' that says 75% of all American teenagers are ineligible
for service! Why? Obesity, criminal record, dropping out of high school, and
drugs are the main reasons listed.
Think about that one for awhile. The one that
gets my attention is the dropping out of high school. Is the curriculum
so boring that it can't keep the students attention?
Now this in not cool. What it means is we as a civilization are beginning to
spiral down the technological hierarchy to the lower level of users
creators and fixers.
We are becoming more reliant on other countries that educate the engineers,
programmers, technicians, inventors, and entrepreneurs that we now
loosing that edge. With the
decline of the technical education system in western countries other countries
are picking up the slack.
When was the last time you bought an electrical product made in the UK,
Germany, France, or the US of A? Ten years? Twenty years? And a car? Not the
high priced hand made type, but the normal everyday get you to work car? The
edge is shifting away...
Most of our countries have factories closed for decades that used to make
those products. Why? Because it can be made cheaper somewhere else?
Maybe, but I
think there is a different reason. We priced ourselves out of the
and dumb down our children to the point where when they get a job they have to
learn how to count!
Think about it, ever watch a youngster count your change
when you bought some thing with cash? Painful isn't it? When was the last time
you added up a column of numbers with out a calculator or a spread sheet, ya me
Ever read an email or one of those online 'Social Networking' sites like
Facebook or MySpace? The spelling, grammar, and punctuation is horrible! What
the heck do they teach in school today? (I know and that is another article for
We have gone from nations of risk takers and doer's to don't say or do anything that
will be risky or may offend someone because you thought of the idea first.
When was the last time you checked the oil in your car? Actually did the oil
change or a tune up? How about fixing a broken appliance?
Don't say you haven't
because it has a 'computer' in it, most don't! Most people today don't want to
get their hands dirty, but your Dad did it, so did your Grand Dad.
tools to you really own? Ten? The last handyman that came to fix your dishwasher
cost you more than a good set of hand tools. We don't fix it anymore, we throw
it away and buy another piece of junk.
You get the idea, if we don't start getting our children interested in
science and demand excellence from them we will all be users, consumers.
are we going to keep the standard of living we have to day when we don't have
any domestic products? With services? Tourism? Farming? It won't last. We in our
respective countries need to ask ourselves if we want to be servants or do we
want to be in control of our future and our children's future?
It amazes me that we have let our educational systems be undermined for the
more than thirty years. What are we thinking?
Well if we are that lazy then I guess we deserve what we get.
I for one will be promoting technology, home grown, home made, and DIY!
Teach them, lead them, don't let it slip away! Bring back the products we
used to have. You know the ones I mean, the quality products that last as long
as they used to, the ones you can fix!
So who you gonna call?
Learn to Do It Yourself or the next lay off may be yours!
Note: When I wrote this in early 2009 there seemed to be a (as
President J. Carter put it in 1976) 'malaise' over the education system in the
USA. Now in mid 2012 although most college graduates can not find a job because
of the rescission gripping this great country those that do well and have a
education in the sciences are finding decent jobs. So maybe we will turn this
around and once again produce our own products of high quality.
It is now 2016 and four years later, the job market is still abysmal, college
graduates are taking jobs (if they can find one) that used to go to high school
graduates, and the high school graduates are lucky if they can find a job
flipping hamburgers... It is sad, very sad.
Need a reference to help you or a Grand Child get a computer in tip top
shape? Speaking of
Update 03/25/16 - I wrote this back in 2009 in
response to an article I read, now over
seven years later it has gone from very
bad to extremely bad...
Update 02/20/20 - Have we turned a
corner? The erosion of our educational institutions is still on going but we are
fighting back, however the people that want to dumb down our children are still
there and unless we realize that they are the problem not our children it will
continue... ONLY YOU can make a difference, get involved!