IT Trenches

Oct 7 2009   5:34PM GMT

Can IT education bring an end to the recession?

Troy Tate Profile: Troy Tate

Well, by my title I don’t mean entirely end the recession, and especially not just through IT education alone. I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a snippet about an upcoming story. Unfortunately, I was unable to hear the entire story. However, the topic of the upcoming story raised an interesting question about the link between economic stimulus and education. I tried finding the story online but have been unable to find it to cite here. Maybe I just imagined it, but the story topic was about the GI Bill and how it helped a nation recover economically after the Great Depression and a costly war. The story preview continued to say that the nation grew economically and scientifically in the years following the war. It is as a result of those who were educated under the GI Bill that a new world of technology was shaped:

  • Man in space and man landing on the moon
  • Satellites
  • Lasers
  • Solar cells
  • Transistors

Just think about all the marvels that have appeared in our world since the mid-1940’s. The relationship between those educated under the GI Bill and these technological advances is easy to see. Now, fast forward to today and the current economic conditions. What will happen in the next few years in the world of technology as a result of those who have lost jobs, being retrained in new skills and starting new careers? Maybe technological advances won’t be as rapid as those in the post WW2 era, but I expect some life-changing advances due to the education and skill changes resulting from the current education stimulus packages.

Electronic medical records, for example, will change both the patient’s and health care professional’s lives. The technology advance may not be sexy like lasers, but it may have a greater impact on the country we live in as a whole. Maybe we are living under the Chinese curse that goes “May you live in interesting times!

Thanks for reading and let’s continue to be good network citizens!

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