Education, Investing

Jobs or Education: A Chicken or the Egg Conundrum

Chicken or eggAre jobs the answer to crossing the digital divide? Or is it education? Does this seem like a chicken or the egg question of which come’s first?

Recently in the post “How Deep is the Divide?” I discussed what the Digital Divide is and it’s possible ramifications. Digging deeper into this topic forces us to evaluate all of the components that lead to the divide and what can we do to build a bridge across it. It struck me that one essential component of crossing that divide is the parents, and that one very influential factor on a family’s ability to divest themselves of the culture of poverty is income, ergo jobs.

But a job is not enough. It must be a good paying job. This again leads to the need for education, since in a knowledge based world usually the better the education of the individual the better the opportunity for the job. This will lead us back to the job, since to get a good education takes money, therefore the parents need to have a good job.

Mike Green, co-founder of America 21, noted in his Huffington Post article “Job growth is a major issue in Black America, which ironically is severely under-represented in tech entrepreneurship and angel investing Job growth is a major issue in Black America, which ironically is severely under-represented in tech entrepreneurship and angel investing…”  He also mentions Dreem Digital and our efforts to create remedies in this area.

As we look at the culture of poverty it is prevalent in our minority communities, but it is not exclusive to them. This culture is more markedly present in households that have had a lower level of education over time. There are many facets of this problem that will have to be talked to truly eliminate a culture of poverty and the great divide. For us, we feel we can make the greatest difference in changing our education system, of course to do this we will be creating jobs. I think this is called a “two-for.”

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About Mark F.

VP of Community and Government Relations at Dreem Digital.

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Jobs or Education: A Chicken or the Egg Conundrum

  1. Well in order to perform a job, one has to be educated. If one does not know how to do said job, then said job will be performed to a lower than required standard. Yes, it Is possible to just jump in and try something new and have a stroke of luck. But to be efficient and do well in said job, you must have an education.

    Posted by Kris | December 22, 2011, 5:16 pm
    • Jake, thank you for the link. The video definitely shows what we would like to happen. What it doesn’t address are the hurdles that have to be jumped to eliminate the divide in 5 years. We have a huge number of families below the poverty line in the U.S. and around the world. And although cell phone usage is growing, many families can’t afford anything but the basic plan. Data plans are just too expensive for many families and users. How will we solve the cost of having the technology and the access? Will we do what FInland did and make access to the internet a right? Personally, it would be great for this problem to be solved in 5 years. Is it really within the bounds of possibility? I believe it is, but there is a lot of work to be done to make it so.

      Posted by Mark F. | December 23, 2011, 12:57 pm
  2. Kris, thank you for weighing in. I would agree, but doesn’t this bring us back to the question do the parents need a good job to create income to better educate the next generation for those jobs. Also, just food for thought, the more better paying jobs the more tax revenue available for education. Today, with higher education costing more than ever before, aren’t we still chasing our tails?

    Posted by Mark F. | December 23, 2011, 12:33 pm

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