For example, the fasteners holding the engine covers on s-era Hondas are Phillips-head, and they are always stripped and corroded. I was always sleepy while at work, and I think this exhaustion was because I felt trapped in a contradiction: the fast pace demanded complete focus on the task, yet that pace also made any real concentration impossible.
The invention of modern shop class thus serviced both cultural reflexes of the Arts and Crafts movement at once. It was the first time these men got a good look at grassroots homebuilding and they were impressed, which is no mean feat when you consider that these guys fly F Raptors as a day job.
Socially, being the proprietor of a bike shop in a small city gave me a feeling I never had before. But the feel of the job changed on my first day. There is always a risk of introducing new complications when working on decrepit machines, and this enters the diagnostic logic.
Credit Robert Adamo My job was structured on the supposition that in writing an abstract of an article there is a method that merely needs to be applied, and that this can be done without understanding the text.
I was to be a knowledge worker. My starting quota, after finishing a week of training, was 15 articles per day. The satisfactions of manifesting oneself concretely in the world through manual competence have been known to make a man quiet and easy. If genuine knowledge work is not growing but actually shrinking, because it is coming to be concentrated in an ever-smaller elite, this has implications for the vocational advice that students ought to receive.
Teachers need to have trade knowledge of their students and what makes them seem happy, but also the science of memory and learning.
The habituation of workers to the assembly line was thus perhaps made easier by another innovation of the early twentieth century: consumer debt. It is a calculation in which the intrinsic satisfactions of work count — not least, the exercise of your own powers of reason.