Education is a process of learning skills, collecting valuable information, finding and using resources to perform different functions, planning, problem solving, policy making etc.; for all kind of human activities we need some kinds of skills. We are hardwired to perform certain functions but to survive in the complex, ever-changing environment and the social jungle, we need extra knowledge and skills other than nature’s gifts which we got before birth in the form of instincts and innate potentials. As a human its our obligation to facilitate the child to convert his potential to ability on a natural timeline. Potentials open in sequence on a timeline already hardwired or innate. Language center are very active until 7th year, we need to help child to learn language during that time period. After that, till 11th birthday the logical and rational brain is developing, strong synaptic connections among neurons are fully developed. And after that timeline pruning of synaptic connections starts and only those are preserved which have been fully developed by our activities. As the developmental psychology indicates at different timelines, potentials open up and if they get the right feedback from the environment these potentials change into abilities.
In the learning process we have a myriad of misconceptions due to valid and invalid reasons. Valid reason is that we started from hardwired information, just like a child at birth, and learned bit by bit in a natural process in time/space frame of reference. Humanity has learnt in the same way over a historical (time/space) frame of reference, and is still learning. At the onset of life, that is at birth, we have got innate tools which nature gave us for survival, propagation and sustainability, in the form of our senses, body and (brain/mind). These have limitations, as we can not see atoms, molecules and microscopic life with naked eye and we can’t see long distances objects; therefore, we invented tools like microscope, telescope and other very sophisticated tools to support and enhance our perception, cognitive and physical abilities to facilitate our survival, growth, and contribute our genes in the gene pool, and to achieve happy and longer life.
We developed systems, institutions and invented tools to discover and uncover nature’s secrets and mysteries to understand and manipulate natural laws in our own benefit. In the process of development of institutional foundations, we did not only create knowledge but also developed systems to store and preserve it systematically so that it is easy to be retrieved, and transferable to other ignorant humans as well as to the new generations . We went through a long journey of storing information by memorizing to hieroglyphics to pictographic, symbols, signs and indexes, writing, printing, and digital storage, to cloud computing and the journey is still going on. We can digitize any information in any form like audio, video, text and store it on a chip, retrieve it, transmit it to millions of people with just a click. Knowledge is breaking jails, getting free and comes with no price tag.
Technology is dirupting every domain of life and it is deceptive in nature, the effects are as follow.
digitization, democratization, demonetization, decentralization and dematerialization.
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