Education Does Not Cure Poverty
Will SHS ensure employment for me?The above is copied from DepEd's answer to frequently asked questions on the additional years of high school (SHS) in its K to 12 curriculum.
Education does not guarantee employment. Education cannot guarantee employment. Education does not cure poverty. Education cannot cure poverty. Matt Bruenig in a recent article on Demos nicely summarizes this fact:
"Poverty is really about non-working people: children, elderly, disabled, students, carers, and the unemployed. The big things that cause poverty for adults over the age of 25 in a low-welfare capitalist society—old-age, disability, unemployment, having children—do not go away just because you have a better degree. These poverty-inducing circumstances are social constants that could strike anyone of us and do strike many of us at some point in our lives."My father became seriously ill when I was just about to start college. Circumstances such as this cause poverty. Even without an illness, people could lose jobs. Unemployment is more than often not due to lack of skills. Improving the educational attainment of everyone usually leads to companies just requiring higher credentials. Fast food restaurants for instance can now prefer to hire those with college education to flip burgers.
The United States still stands as the most influential market in the world. Opportunities abound. Yet, in this scenario, the striking inability of education to address unemployment and poverty is very evident. Matt Bruenig elegantly captures this fact in the following graph:
|Above copied from Matt Bruenig's Why Education Does Not Fix Poverty|
And to this graph, Matthew Iglesias of Vox offers the following insight:
"We have massively improved the educational credentials of people living below the poverty line."