In Paul Krugman’s “Degrees and Dollars”, he expresses his views on how education nowadays has been influenced with the amount of technology growing and advancing more day by day. Krugman wants to bring up the fact that many jobs that are “manual” and jobs that are high paying and with a high education are being computerized with robots and other types of technology. He states his predictions about what the employment projections are and how education is influenced in this situation. This being said, are Krugman’s predictions true?
Krugman points out that “In order to get a good job these days, job seekers need “ever high levels” of education”. (206) With this statement, the author does not specify what kind of “higher levels” of education is needed and he does not specify what types of job seekers he is speaking of. Krugman wants people to know that what they think is the truth, is not. He speaks of a quote that Barack Obama said, “If we want more good news on the jobs front then we’ve got to make more investments in education”. (Krugman 206). After analyzing the information Krugman provided, he states “The belief that education is becoming ever more important rests on the plausible- sounding notion that advances in technology increase job opportunities for those who work with information- loosely speaking, that computers help those who work with their minds, while hurting those who work with their hands”. Krugman thinks that education cannot fix everything in society. He thinks people should focus on restoring the middle-class society to make it the same as before, this way the attention on education is taken away and put on “real world” problems.
Krugman also points out the fact that technology is advancing and could easily eliminate some jobs for people. “Jobs that require many years of schooling are vulnerable to elimination by new technologies”, with this statement Krugman wants to provide the readers with his stance. Krugman explains that manual labor will be hard to automate in the future compared to jobs that have to do with processing information and dealing with technology. Most manually done jobs like janitors, truck drivers, etc. There are things that exist now that can help these jobs such as the Roomba vacuum and self-driving cars. Technology is advancing, with these advancements come new opportunities for creators to build new things that could possibly take over their jobs before they even realize it. Even though new technology is being created, technology cannot...