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Critical Paper: Blue Collar Brilliance
Education is often argued to be the key to success in life. In most economies such as in
the US, Blue collar workers are arguably the backbone of the economy. Blue Collar jobs demand
much intelligence like jobs that require academic credentials (240). Today, the job markets
highly regard education levels as a measure of intelligence and therefore use education as a
benchmark when hiring. Any business or employee aims to recruit the best talent that can have a
positive impact and contribute to growth. As such, employers are in constant look for the best
skills and talents. However, the success of the skills is dependent on several factors such as the
employee’s adaptation and willingness to learn. The society today measures one's IQ on their
education. In fact, Rose indicates that “Intelligence is closely associated with formal education
(247). This critical paper will argue in relation to Mike Rose "Blue-Collar Brilliance," work, that
education should not be taken as a measure of intelligence and that intelligence is not associated
with formal education.
Society today holds that education is a measure of intelligence. Mike Rose in "Blue-
Collar Brilliance debunks this notion as he illustrates how the society use IQ scores and school
grades in defining intelligence(279). Rose indicates that the society has assumed that "
intelligence is closely associated with formal education the type of schooling a person has, how
much and how long and most people seem to move comfortably from that notion to a belief that

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work requiring less schooling requires less intelligence."(247). Rose also observed that scholars
often considered the working class and focus on their values rather than skills that their work
requires (395). People in the lower class are often seen by those in the higher class as lacking
intelligence and are considered to be street smart. However, those in blue collar jobs are taken to
be both book and street smart.
Although education is crucial in reducing the level of illiteracy in an economy, the fact
that intelligence is a measure of intelligence is just but a misjudgment. This is true because some
people with formal education easily find jobs but there is also a high rate of success among those
with little or no educational background. After reading and rereading “Blue Collar Brilliance” I
concur with Rose that education is in no way equal to success in career and life. In my own
opinion, I find that blue collar jobs are in no way subpar at all. There is a contrasting image in
the level of intelligence needed in performing the blue and white collar jobs (98). Rose illustrates
that many people in white collar jobs are more intelligent than those in blue collar jobs.
Rose discusses the career of two individuals who are dedicated to their work despite
lacking formal education. Although education prepares one for the real world, people with
formal education must also be in a position to utilize their skills and learn through experience,
while analyzing and understanding every aspect of their work. Rose tries to debunk the
misjudgment that education is a measure of intelligence by observing the life of his mother,
Rosie, and his uncle Joe. Rosie used complex adaptation and learning strategies and succeeded in
her blue-collar job. Rosie had elaborate memory strategies, grouped and sequenced tasks and
was more efficient in her job as everyone counted (97). Rose reports that her mother utilized
critical thinking skills in problem-solving and was always cautious about her co-worker's
emotional state (97). His uncle Joe also lacked formal knowledge but was such a success in his

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Surname 1 Students Name Instructor’s Name Course Date Critical Paper: Blue –Collar Brilliance Education is often argued to be the key to success in life. In most economies such as in the US, Blue collar workers are arguably the backbone of the economy. Blue Collar jobs demand much intelligence like jobs that require academic credentials (240). Today, the job markets highly regard education levels as a measure of intelligence and therefore use education as a benchmark when hiring. Any business or employee aims to recruit the best talent that can have a positive impact and contribute to growth. As such, employers are in constant look for the best skills and talents. However, the success of the skills is dependent on several factors such as the employee’s adaptation and willingness to learn. The society today measures one's IQ on their education. In fact, Rose indicates that “Intelligence is closely associated with formal education” (247). This critical paper will argue in relation to Mike Rose "Blue-Collar Brilliance," work, that education should not be taken as a measure of intelligence and that intelligence is not associated with formal education. Society today holds that education is a measure of intelligence. Mike Rose in "BlueCollar Brilliance debunks this notion as he illustrates how the society use IQ scores and school grades in defining intelligence(279). Rose indicates that the society has assumed that " intelligence is closely associated with formal educa ...
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