Daniel Meier talks about his career as a first-grade teacher in this paper. He describes it as non-traditional male work involving the daily activities of six-year old children. He states that his energy is primarily spent in ‘encouraging, supporting, consoling and praising’ the kids he is in-charge of. He remarks that the real reason why he opted to work with young children is that he is interested in nurturing the emotional maturation of the minds of young children. He also notes that at some point in his career he wouldn’t mind working as a curriculum coordinator. He mentions how when he talks about his work at social occasions men respond differently from women, with women exhibiting more interest in his work than men. He comments that although his job does not have the advantages of traditional male jobs, it has its own unique benefits.

A great book college is one that has a curriculum offering good learning skills to students though many think it is not practical. Many have adopted the notion that education is to prepare students for high paying jobs after completion of their studies. The world is changing at a fast pace especially in the technology sector which could have serious implications in the job market. The change may render current paying jobs to be not so high paying in the future. The radical change in technology has rendered the skills of most people useless because with technology and a little bit of training one can be able to do the do the same job they trained so hard for a long time. To avoid this problem, one could try and pursue a career that is not likely to be automated though it should be noted that automation is not the only reason for job elimination. A profession in medicine might be promising because we always have sick people though it has been noted that for the first time ever, their salary scale have been declined due to the flooding of medical professionals in the US. The way to go is for one to choose an occupation in engineering and technology that is likely to grow in the future. However, no matter the career that one chooses, he/she should bear in mind that the job market in the US is unstable which requires on to change jobs. This kind of unpredictability requires one to strategies and this is where the benefits of great book education comes in. this kind of education provides students with wisdom on how to meet challenges in the changing world by being active participants.

The thesis “Why a Great Books Education is the Most Practical!” is clear and the arguments given are logical. The article proves that the current education system is meant to prepare students for the job market. The rapid changes in the job market could make it difficult for these students to find jobs and those already employed are at risk of job termination. The author provides for support of his essay by offering facts about the current job market. He does this by indicating that the only people likely to stay in the job market for a long time are those taking up technology as a profession. The others might end up facing job elimination because technological advances that have come up might make their work unnecessary.

There are logical fallacies that have been demonstrated in the essay. The author says that a photographer told him that a skilled artisan lost his job due to the advances in technology. This statement can not be relied on because the photography could have been lying to the author. The author has also generalized the fact that the current education system will render one jobless in the future unless one takes up a career in engineering or technology. The author makes it seem that without taking up great book education, we are bound to fail. The author claims that taking up a profession in technology is most important to avoid job elimination then goes ahead to say that, even those in the technology sector might end up loosing their jobs if they do not take refresher courses on the same.

Works Cited

Crabtree, David. “Why a Great Books Education is the Most Practical!” McKenzie Study Centre. March, 1996.

Meier, Daniel. “One Man’s Kid.”