Inner-City Youths and Economic Growth

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The author posits two sides to the theory that Jamaica’s social problem, in particular values and attitude, is paramount to its financial and economic problem. The author tries to straddle both sides by giving views on each, but in my opinion, Jamaica’s economic growth does not lie in one or the other. It is not as simple as saying the government should focus on one and not the other. Focusing on education will create the middle ground that will fertilise the seed of economic growth.
The article points to the hopelessness and despair the poorer citizens in the Jamaican society feel. This hopelessness sometimes lead to behavior that might seem degenerate and wrong to other parties in the society, but are normal and accepted in the Inner-City. The problem becomes bigger when these behaviors extend to the public environs of the society and to make matters worse actually witnessing these “immoral” behavior have become increasingly frequent.
Along with feelings of hopelessness, the article also alludes to anger and frustration among Inner-City youths. This stems from their perception that the government has not provided any infrastructure or systems in place to enable their independence. The economy is the reason they behave the way they do, because it doesn’t provide any other options.
But how will economic development change the behavior of a youth whose reality is twisted? If the government opens a factory in the middle of March Pen Road, will all youths and adults in the area seek jobs there? Will the crime in the area decrease? If that is reciprocated islandwide, will the crime in Jamaica decrease? I am of the opinion that the answer to those questions is “NO”. The belief in the Get Rich Quick and Blinging and Flossing that the article spoke about, will likely see a short term positive effect. The youths who are jaded in their thoughts, will leave…...

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