Learn Better

The assumption that education necessarily leads to stability or wealth is never examined, but it should be. Last year a women’s group held a ten-week training for women interested in working construction, a job that doesn’t generally require formal training at all. This wasn’t a certificate program to become an electrician or something, there was no credential offered at the end of it. Construction jobs come through relationships with people already in the field, something men generally have more of because most construction work is done by men– formal training won’t replace that. For a woman looking for work, in 33 weeks, that same woman could be a police officer, and yet somebody thought a female-directed construction workshop was a good idea. This social contract, flimsy though it is, has informed a generation of career plans for workers now in erratic and unsubstantial employment.

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