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Author David Goodhart discusses the classist divide among blue and white collar workers

Author David Goodhart discussed the negative effects of overvaluing intelligence over manual labor in an interview with Hill.TV.

Goodhart, author of the book “Head, Hand and Heart: Why Intelligence Is Over-Rewarded, Manual Workers Matter, and Caregivers Deserve More Respect,” said there is a “status divide in the occupational hierarchy.”

“[Intelligence] has become too much of the definition of a successful life,” he said.

Goodhart suggested that society has “massive skill shortages” and “declining demand for people in the cognitive, professional class,” as a result of increases in higher education enrollment.

According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, blue collar jobs accounted for less than 13 percent of the workforce in 2016. At the same time, enrollment in higher education programs have increased 14 percent, from 17.5 million to 20 million, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.