Many socio-economic gaps may remain is Israel, but Israel has now been documented to be harder working and more educated than ever before. A notable trend is indeed that the number of academic degree holders in the country has dramatically increased. 22.9% of Israelis have earned a college degree, this si much more than the 14.3 percent ten years ago. In Tel Aviv, in particular, the percentage increased from 19.7% to 37%. These numbers may seem as though they are not a dramatic increase, but in the scheme of things they truly are.
One statistic that was astounding was that thirty percent of people in college in Israel were women. This is compared to the sixty percent of women that make up people in college in America. The reasonings behind this can be broad, but some common ones are the military, where in Israel the women must participate, and socio-economic status. If women is Israel must participate in the military this can lead to them wanting to further advance there career, but can also lead to them not getting an education because they want a family and husband now. The socio economic aspect is very different in the two countries. Where America has a greater percentage of their people in middle class than Israel does, this could be a reason as to why this trend is how it is.
This video below is also very interesting because it comments of Israel’s education system. It says that Israel has come along way and that many Israelites are producing new ideas and pushing the frontier faster than any other country in the world. Yet, it questions why as a whole Israel is not doing better. Some answers are that since their hi-tech industry grew by one hundred percent this meant more traditional industries only grew by far less. It also comment on how their economy is hugged compared to their neighbors, but how the gap from rich to poor is the highest of any country. It also shows statistics of Israeli students compared to other students of the world. It is interesting to watch because the creators of this want change in the education system, something that many Americans want as well.
Education in both countries is very much valued at the same. Although, finding a job in Israel without a degree is not as difficult as it is in America. Education is seen as a way to better oneself in both countries and in Israel is it becoming more necessary, where seventy three percent of jobs are now looking for a degree of some kind. In the United States this number is around ninety percent of higher paying jobs that are looking for degrees.
As the demand for degrees increases in both countries, hopefully the availability of achieving these will become more realistic as well. This means that federal funding for education changing in both countries and providing more scholarships and making loans available to students. The need for education is not just among Israelites and Americans, but for the rest of the world. With economies different in every country, developing education plans for the future needs to be at high priority for every country. Education helps people move forward and needs to be prioritized more and made available to everyone.