21st-century technology keeps getting sophisticated by the day. We have gone from phone with cords to smartphone, from mail carrier to Email, and horses to Lyft for a ride to the airport. And technology is getting more sophisticated to fix. For example, to repair a tech issue in a Tesla you cannot just take it to your local auto mechanic to get it fixed, you need a Tesla professional. To fix your Mac computer, you need an Apple genius.
My father was telling me that at the manufacturing company he works for they recently added tablets. My father did not go further into telling me whether or not he got proper training but I am assuming someone had to teach my dad how to use the tablet at work. A recent article in The Economist Lifelong Learning mentions how if education does not keep up with technology the result will be inequality. The article should not be whether or not the lack of technology will create inequality instead it should be how can technology be accessible in every home so people like my dad can train themselves on using the tablet at work.
MOOCs was one solution, but with the steady decline in popularity, MOOCs may not provide the answer to solving inequality should education fail to keep up with technology. Inequality could probably decrease if the workplace devoted one hour a month for every employee to have training on the latest technology used in their field. It could probably help in lessening the inequality that is rising in the educational failure of keeping up with technology? Technology advances on a daily basis and so should educate people on technology. Education holds the key to our future, and we should not let the failing pace of education and technology create inequality.
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