With the rapid advancement of technology, we are becoming highly reliant on electronic devices in our daily lives. Even before the pandemic, technology was an extra limb we utilized to help us coordinate our lives, but the post-pandemic era has only increased our reliance on it. Take, for example, the Internet. In many respects, the Internet serves as an all-knowing knowledge bank, and it offers us vast amounts of information on a variety of subjects. Many may feel that the Internet may thus take the place of a teacher and a classroom learning environment. This apparent rivalry between the Internet’s method of knowledge dissemination and the role of a teacher in a student’s life is a complete illusion. The Internet will never be able to take the role of teachers and schools. In this blog on education, Let’s find out why.
The Internet offers information, but does it also instill a desire to study and train the mind to think?
“Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.”Albert Einstein
While the Internet has a vast amount of information on every topic, the impact that a teacher has on instilling a passion for learning in a personalized approach is something that the Internet will never be able to match. Teaching is more than just the transfer of knowledge from the teacher to the students. It’s about assisting students in cultivating a love of learning. It is also about helping them gain important skills such as analytical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and leadership through hands-on learning.
Early Childhood Education and Learning Journeys: Can the Internet replace teachers in this role?
According to research, the period between 0 and 6 years is critical because rapid brain development occurs. As a result, learning chances should be maximized, and the brain should be supplied with a diverse range of experiences. At various stages of early childhood education, there are research milestone development stages for cognitive and social abilities, linguistic and number skills, and gross and fine motor skills. An experiential learning plan is required for the comprehensive development of all of these skills, which can only be provided by teachers.
Life skills: Can the Internet provide a classroom environment for students to learn this?
Academic education seeks to convey information and educate students for jobs, whereas life skills training seeks to develop students as responsible citizens and prepare them for life’s challenges. This is an era in which technology, artificial intelligence, and automation have already taken over the globe, and today’s millennials are missing out on opportunities to interact with people to the extent that previous generations were. Students can develop an inclusive spirit only in classrooms and in groups. In the process, they learn core values like interpersonal skills, caring and sharing, gratitude, humility, and relationship management in classroom environments.
Cognitive Skills: Can the Internet provide this without the help of teachers?
“The goal of education is not to increase knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things”Jean Piaget
These are the words of Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist, and genetic epistemologist most famously known for his theory of cognitive development. Cognitive skills, in simple words, are all about the ability to grasp information, analyze the cause and effect, and thereafter relate that learning to new situations. These skills can only be taught experientially.
Moral values: Can the Internet prepare students for this?
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”Aristotle
Love and compassion, solidarity and collaboration, discipline and humility, simplicity and sacrifice, honesty and integrity, and freedom without abuse are only a few of the fundamental human values. They not only assist in the development of good citizens but also in the preparation of students for a happy life. Only by teachers leading by example and, in the process, becoming role models do students pick up on these principles.
The Internet will never be able to replace the loving relationship that exists between students and teachers. A teacher’s experience is invaluable, and the camaraderie is priceless. Rather than seeing the Internet and teachers as competitors, why not consider the internet as a friend that complements teachers in their efforts by providing technology support. Teachers can also benefit from Dynamind’s platform to nurture this endearing and loving relationship with students through live courses and connect seamlessly with students.