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yes, and you get accountability for the quality of craftsmanship through a clear structured apprentice/master curriculum, which is worth a lot.

In Germany being a blue-collar craftsman doesn't mean you are poor or belong to the lower middle class.
If you run your own company as a master craftsman, you can live very comfortable.

by mimi on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 08:43:23 PM EST
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Actually, master-craftsmen are pretty well paid here as well.  And I believe skilled tradesmen such as plumbers and electricians still make a nice living.  I have no idea how one gets into those trades, though.

When I was in school, if you weren't "academically inclined" they offered two vo-tech classes -- bricklaying and auto mechanics.  In the school district I live in, they currently offer welding and auto mechanics.  I believe there's also an off-campus computer networking class.  

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes

by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 12th, 2005 at 11:02:25 PM EST
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