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The Dilemma of Learning: From Tagore to AI


Alvy Al Srijohn:
In this modern era of education, skills are becoming the first and foremost purposes of learning systems and structures. There is nothing wrong with this notion of education, of course. Skills are highly recommended and supremely necessary components of a globalized professional job market. Without acknowledging and identifying specific skills and trainings, it would be impossible for the employers to recruit the right person for a specific kind of job. However, focusing only on skills can open some black holes in our current thinking atmosphere. For example, a person will gain a specific skill to acquire a job which he/she will hope in turn will earn him/her a good salary. If not the salary, then the social status or personal satisfaction might be the driving force here. It is in this vein that an average skilled person is lacking a singular and motivating objective for his/her whole professional life. What does he/she really want to acieve throughout his/her whole life? is it wealth? Is it reputation? Is it pure and simple fame? The answer to all the posed and not-posed questions lie somewhere else. May be a brief but fruitful journey to Tagore's philosophy will bring some enlightening perspective into this dilemma:
The free bird challenges the caged bird – “Sing my song if you can!”
The caged bird replies – “First you learn the songs of cage.”
The free bird counters – “I won’t sing a song of cage!”
The cage bird regrets – “I don’t know how to be free.”

বনের  পাখি বলে, খাঁচার পাখি ভাই,
        বনের গান গাও দিখি।
খাঁচার পাখি বলে, বনের পাখি ভাই,
খাঁচার গান লহো শিখি।
          বনের পাখি বলে-- না,
আমি     শিখানো গান নাহি চাই।'
        খাঁচার পাখি বলে-- "হায়,
আমি     কেমনে বন-গান গাই।'

Johir Uddin:
Interesting topic!

Rafiz Uddin:

Good one🙂


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