John Ratzenberger Encourages Younger Generation To Prioritize Learning These Essential Skills


John Ratzenberger, celebrated for his memorable portrayal of Cliff Clavin on the timeless TV classic Cheers, continues to be a beacon of wisdom for younger generations. In a recent interview, the 77-year-old emphasized the importance of skilled labor in shaping America’s future.

He claimed that the sustainability of civilization relies heavily on the younger population embracing and mastering trades and crafts. Ratzenberger spoke with a sense of urgency, highlighting the potentially dire consequences of neglecting skilled labor. He warned that without a renewed focus on these essential professions, the very bedrock of society could crumble.


John Ratzenberger says attention should be given to skilled labor

John Ratzenberger at the UK Premiere of Disney-Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ at the Odeon Leicester Square.
July 19, 2015 London, UK
Picture: Steve Vas / Featureflash

In a discussion with Fox News Digital, Ratzenberger expressed his disappointment with the educational system’s failure to innovate and adequately prepare students for the demands of modern industries. The 77-year-old also noted that most institutions often lack the motivation to prioritize teaching these vital skills.


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The 77-year-old recommended a comprehensive shift in societal attitudes towards these skills, advocating for a reevaluation of their importance and recognition. By acknowledging the significance of these professions and bestowing them with greater prestige, individuals working in these fields would feel a heightened sense of pride and accomplishment in their work.

PALM SPRINGS – JAN 11: John Ratzenberger at the “Walk to Vegas” World Premiere at the Richards Center for the Arts on January 11, 2019 in Palm Springs, CA

John Ratzenberger says that society should give more prestige to trade skills

He also advocated that spotlighting skilled trades would validate their contributions and inspire admiration from others, fostering a culture that celebrates their expertise. By cultivating a greater appreciation for these skills, particularly among the younger generation, there would be a natural inclination towards pursuing careers in these areas.

08 November 2017 – Hollywood, California – John Ratzenberger. Disney Pixar’s “Coco” Los Angeles Premiere held at El Capitan Theater. Photo Credit: F. Sadou/AdMedia

Ratzenberger added that the education system should focus more on practicality when teaching different topics so that young ones can broaden their horizon on a broad range, as this also helps them to build their innovative skills.

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