Work and Intelligence

Mike Rose writes movingly about politics, work, the “detail and texture” of the lives of blue-collar people, and intelligence in a recent post on his blog.   Consider:


Judgments about intelligence carry great weight in our society, and we have a tendency to make sweeping assessments of people’s intelligence based on the kind of work they do. Political tributes to labor over the next three or four months, especially around Labor Day, will render the muscled arm, sleeve rolled tight against biceps, but few will also celebrate the thought bright behind the eye, offer no image that links hand and brain.

We might wish that more campaign workers and mainstream media pundits would read this post, or better yet, Rose’s excellent book on these things, The Mind at Work.

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