An essay on the role of education in the future

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-much-can-we-afford-to-forget-if-we-train-machines-to-remember

As we are getting more into the 21st century the need to change our educational style is increasing.

  • No longer do we need so many of the facts that were crammed into our heads as children. We now have Google for that.
  • For the bibliographic details of our friends we have a phone.
  • To find our way from A to B we now have Sat Nav’s.
  • Calculators have replaced the need for mental arithmetic
  • Email has mostly replaced letter writing.
  • Smart watches are replacing our diaries.
  • Fit bits are monitoring our health.
  • Handsfree devices allow us to talk when we cannot use our phones.
  • Hive thermostats can control the heating in our homes.
  • Alexa can control your lighting.
  • Google assistant can control your music collection.
  • Amazon tabs can order your favourite items.
  • Siri knows far more about you than anyone else does (as does Facebook).
  • E readers are possibly replacing books.
  • Netflix are replacing the television stations.
  • Air B and B is changing travel accommodation.
  • Uber is revolutionizing travel transportation.
  • Just Eat is controlling where we get our takeaways from.
  • Cars no longer need keys for the ignition.
  • I)What else are we able to do without in order to increase the time available to ourselves for creative interests?
  • II)Are you scared by how much technology exists in our lives, it’s ability to learn and possibly to go rogue at some point?
  • III)Are we turning into mindless robots being programmed by exposure to so much media and our subsequent consumption of it?
  • IV)What does it mean to be human nowadays as we are relying more and more on technology for our every need?
  • Best wishes
  • Angela
  • A view of Greece from a native

    https://efisoul63.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/aigina-spring-raining-time/

    Efi has some very good posts to read but I thought since it’s the weekend you guys in the blogosphere deserve a respite from the intense intellectual stimulus I have subjected you all to so far. So here is Eli chilling out with a bit of Greek mythology added in for good measure;)

    I am also in Greece right now so the blogging schedule and my ability to contribute to this might change quite drastically. The content may too.

    I will be spending a lot more time outside away from technology and the internet isn’t as reliable over here as it is in the UK. I will also be doing a lot of physical work so I doubt I will have the energy to contribute here either. This is just to let you know that I haven’t forgotten, dropped off the face of the planet or anything else you might think has happened to me.

    Hoping to still keep in contact with you all although on a reduced schedule.

    Angela

    Hope you all are well

    Angela

    A little art to ease you into the weekend

    https://efisoul63.wordpress.com/2019/04/02/francesco-del-cossa-allegory-of-april-triumph-of-venus/

    A post that is a little easier to digest than some of the others that I have posted this week.

    Eli writes some good posts on a variety of topics but I don’t think a lot of people get to see them. Therefore I’m doing my bit so that more people learn from her wisdom.

    Hope you all had a good week

    Angela

    Immersion

    Last night I got chucked in at the deep end in terms of understanding fluent fast colloquial Greek speech. It is so much easier to understand when the speakers have a good command of the language so both there accent, manner of speech and grammar are on top form. I spent an throughly enjoyable couple of hours listening even though I mostly knew the content of the stories already. I think this helped along with English interludes and the occasional picture.

    I still have much to learn here but I have most definitely crested that hill and I saw a picture recently that said that if your thinking of giving up remember that the fruit is the last thing to grow on a plant. Ie it takes a very long time to see your efforts being rewarded but when they do it’s so sweet.

    Thankyou for all your efforts and keep going as you will get there!

    Best wishes

    Angela

    To be like everyone else or not? – Reblog

    https://quirkydragon.wordpress.com/2019/04/08/to-be-or-not-to-be-mainstream/

    This is another blogger who has some quality posts to read. This is again long but worthy of your attention when you get the time.

    I’ve only just come across this blogger but I’m sure there will be many more posts that will interest me in the future.

    How to increase your attention reblog

    https://mathias-sager.com/2019/04/08/increasing-the-attention-span/

    This is yet another series of blogs that I have been digesting recently. This is also quite the mammoth undertaking so be prepared for the time investment required to properly appreciate what is written here.

    If you were to write at length, what would be your topic of choice?

    Angela

    The Durells

    This is good Sunday night television as it’s relaxing and idyllic. It’s set on Corfu in the 1930s. It features Greek conversation between the natives but also Lesley Durrell.

    Sometimes you just need something that isn’t intellectual to practice on. The speech isn’t very distinct but there are subtitles to help. Normal speech tends to be quick and you only catch the most accented words. This can be problematic so going with the gist can be useful since this is only for enjoyment. However, the problem comes when you need to put this into real life. I will hopefully get better this year but as I’ve learnt this isn’t something you can rush. It happens at its own pace.

    Do you have any tips that you use to increase your foreign language learning abilities?

    Αντιο

    Αγγελικα

    The difference between written and spoken language

    http://sententiaeantiquae.com/2019/04/07/the-difference-between-dialogues-and-letters/

    I rather liked this post because while I can be quite pedantic when it comes to written language; I’m not always quite so when it comes to speech. I can of course be informal in writing and formal in speech if the occasion commands it.

    Do you have any such conventions in your language?

    Best wishes

    Angela

    Verbal triggers

    I can speak Greek but I need certain triggers to be able to say what I know and actually communicate with people. If the right situation doesn’t occur then that program doesn’t get loaded and we get nowhere. I also have to like/care about you or want to impress/show off to you. If your not interesting to me in some way then forget about it. I’m gonna make my excuses and leave where possible.

    This is true of me in English too. I’m entirely capable of having a conversation about anything here but I just have to be motivated sufficiently to do so. Otherwise I’m probably not going to say a word and if forced well you better like bad jokes.

    Have you ever come across these types of scenarios before?

    Best wishes

    Angela

    Pammakristos (Greek autism charity)

    This is the website that deals with severely autistic children in Greece which helps lots of children to lead better lives. People are born, live and die with autism. It gets better as you get older as you learning coping strategies and become more independent but the ability to revert when tired, ill, overwhelmed, stressed etc remains.
    I’m sorry that the website is in Greek and there is no English equivalent hence it goes through Google Translate here but they can’t do everything.
    I found this quite an interesting read yesterday. Sorry for the quality.

    Best wishes

    Angela