Mike Rowe Believes Americans Take Blue Collar Workers ‘For Granted’

by Quentin Blount

We are big fans of Mike Rowe and we know some of you Outsiders at home are too. We think you’ll like to hear what he has to say about blue-collar workers in America.

Mike Rowe is the man who spent years starring in the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs. Rowe starred in the fan-favorite series from 2005 to 2012. It follows the lives of workers all across America who are tasked with doing some of our most under-appreciated jobs. Rowe also starred in a similar show for CNN called Somebody’s Gotta Do It.

We all know by now that Mike Rowe is a huge proponent of trade jobs. That makes this day in age especially difficult for someone like Rowe. As more workers leave their jobs due to COVID-19 mandates and concerns, the need for workers to fill these essential jobs grows. If you ask the Dirty Jobs star, he will tell you that Americans often turn a blind eye to blue-collar jobs.

“There’s something in us… where we begin to resent the very thing we rely upon,” he told Fox News. “This whole problem, this disconnect, this skills gap — 11 million open jobs — this isn’t a mystery. This is a reflection of what we value.”

Rowe, who is the CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, explained that so many Americans have the same mindset when it comes to the workers on the forefront: “Out of sight, out of mind.”

“We’re not properly gobsmacked when we turn on the switch and the lights come on or when we flush the toilet and it all goes away. And it’s not a great mystery why our kids aren’t eager to fill these positions. We take them for granted ourselves.”

Readers Respond to Mike Rowe’s Comments

As you can probably imagine, Rowe’s comments definitely ring true to so many of us. That includes a good amount of readers online.

“The main reason is that public schools don’t have shop classes anymore,” one fan commented. “In the 60s and early 70s, woods, metal, and automotive shop classes were available. The public school system did away with these classes around the time that social studies/history classes started teaching things other than what you would think they would.”

“I teach as an adjunct at a major public university off and on when my schedule permits,” another reader revealed. “Part of my courses requires assembling things. Unbelievable how many students don’t even know the name of basic tools, let alone how to use them.”

“I went to trade school for appliance repair,” replied another person. “My friends laughed because I didn’t go to college. Now, some of them have jobs, some don’t. But guess who they call when things in their house stop working?”