Go-Cart Guy  

rm_MustangD6644 51M
1052 posts
5/5/2006 9:39 pm

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5/9/2006 2:46 pm

Go-Cart Guy

Following on from the theme of my post about Dolly Parton, I would just like to comment about illiteracy and the effect it has.

I worked with a fellow tradie who told me in confidence one day that his best mate was illiterate. The reason he told me in confidence was his best mate was very touchy about people knowing he was illiterate, which I guess is understandable, male pride and all, etc.

Anyway the tradie was telling me about his mate and for the sake of convenience, Ill call his mate Go-Cart Guy, because he worked at a Go-Cart entertainment track.

Now this tradie knew his stuff, and he described with a certain degree of pride and admiration, just what his mate Go-Cart could do to or with engines.

Any engine.

While you and I might be struggling our way through one of those auto manuals that describe in detail the way to take apart and reassemble an engine successfully, worrying that we don't end up with bits over, Go-Cart would look at the engine, take it apart, fix what was wrong, and re-assemble it.

The guy had a "natural" affinity for engines, fixing them, tuning them, you name it.

Unfortunately because he was illiterate, he was stuck working in a dead-end low paying job.

That is sad in it's self, but it gets worse when you consider the lost potential due to illiteracy.

Consider that he could have become a very skilled mechanic or a very skilled prestige mechanic or a very skilled race car mechanic, V8's, Dragsters, or Formula 1.

We will never know because all that potential skill is lost to society, all because he cant read.

He and society are both missing out because he slipped through the education system.

Frustrating, isn't it?

What is worse is that he is not the only one and being able to read becomes more important everyday.

You wouldnt be reading this or any other blog if you couldnt read, now would you.


TTigerAtty 62M

5/8/2006 6:28 pm

I'm glad I can read and write!

rm_MustangD6644 51M
1031 posts
5/9/2006 3:50 am

Yes TT in many was it is a skill we take for granted, and that is the tragedy that we assume everyone else can read as well as we can.


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