- Mar 2019
when we put our tools down and stand back from the furnace, the letter press, or the paper mill, what will we turn to build instead?
A retired scientific glassblower, after 40 years "in front of the furnace" my job disappeared. Running away to join the circus and spending my golden years making glass unicorns "on the Midway" was one option, Returning to college to "update my skills" was the worst decision of my life. Barely surviving "higher education" as an adult student, I now have two associate's degrees and am the first person in Metropolitan State University's College of Individualized Studies authorized to complete my bachelor's degree by documenting my prior learning on my own domain. I'm not convinced the institution is capable of assessing digital objects for credit, but there will always be a market for glass unicorns.