My previous post on Congressman Jessie Jackson Jr's remarks regarding the iPad produced a few very interesting comments. I enjoyed reading them very much and I invite others to join as I think this is the conversation we need to have.
At at time that we are constantly hearing from the Urban League that unemployment among African Americans are at record highs, and that President Obama needs to focus on jobs and job creation we need to understand what job creation means in the 21st century.
It means closing the digital divide It means ensuring digital equity. It means learning science, education, engineering and math. Recently President Obama during a town-hall meeting on the campus of Facebook in Palo, Alto California had this to say regarding STEM education: "Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is of utmost importance to all students and is critical to U.S. competitiveness."
He went on to say: "Emphasizing STEM education especially to girls and minority students, is one of the most important efforts IF (emphasis mine) it hopes to produce college-and-career-ready students".
As the good scientist says "create new economies". The iPad has created a new economy. We need to get a good STEM education whether you wish to be a scientist or technologist or not. Then you don't have to worry about iPads being made outside of the country. You can create your own economy or your own job for that matter.
The good folks at Apple who created those devices had a solid STEM education. We need to obtain the education and then we can create our own jobs. Soledad O'brien talks with Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson in this video and he breaks it down beautifully. Check out the video.