Are 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.
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.”