Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?


Matt Burns wrote about a situation at his son’s school last week that could have happened almost anywhere in the United States. The school had organized a career day, and his son, who is seven years old, told his teachers he wanted to be a video game designer one day. His teacher’s response was not to be enthusiastic, but rather to dismiss the goal, saying that his son should instead get a real job.

I wish that this was a truly rare occurrence, but it is not. Makers, from creatives to scientists and programmers, continue to lack the social status in America that is typical of other professions. Everyone loves entrepreneurship, but few people seem to want their kids or family to go in that direction – even in the epicenter of the Bay Area.

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