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Development Studies / The Dilemma of Learning: From Tagore to AI
« on: May 05, 2019, 02:23:40 PM »
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।'

A question always comes to my mind - can we really keep away the poverty in a museum? Is it possible to totally eradicate Poverty? An article published in the Daily Star argues that poverty tends to decrease faster in those countries which start out poorer. Why? Here is the explanation - when a country like Bangladesh starts its journey from a very poor stage, its people tend to work hard and take a very small amount of wage. This small wage attracts many foreign buyers and investors to Bangladesh. That's how Bangladesh can be developed at an astonishingly high rate. I am sharing the link of the article here.

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