Let’s start this section with a topic that is literally the reason you’re here right now: technology. There’s a bit of a debate raging on whether or not technology contributes to inequality, so let’s start by exploring that.
As technology continues to change the job market, the need for education will also change. Jobs in the STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine) are more important than ever. Reshma Saujani argues that the reason for the gender gap in the emerging technology workforce is because boys are taught to be brave while girls are taught to be perfect. Want to watch her inspirational TED Talk?
The gender gap in engineering and technology spans the globe. Luckily, there are organizations fighting for a future where “you code like a girl” will become the newest compliment. Want to learn more about the movement?
So don’t worry, the internet will solve all of our problems! Or maybe... it won’t.
Facebook has created a new philanthropic mission to end global inequality by providing free basic Internet to developing countries. Mark Zuckerberg’s goal is to make the resources of the Internet, or the knowledge economy, accessible to everyone—but the Internet he offers restricts what content a user can access. That has a lot of people scared for a future in which Facebook gets to decide what we consume. Want to know what Mark has to say?
Want to understand why India fought back against Facebook’s basic internet?
So if we can’t depend on Facebook, who or what can we depend on? We live in a world that is more competitive than ever, and education is the best way to level the playing field. For every year of education a child receives, their adult earnings will increase by 10 percent. Long-term investments in education can mean the difference between life and death, considering that poor children are twice as likely as rich children to die before age five.
Achievement gaps by race, gender, and socioeconomic status are apparent as early as age two, underlining the importance of early intervention. The key to eradicating these inequalities is by solving education inequality first. The Boston Basics, an initiative launched by a coalition of organizations, aims to do just that.