Online classes, a blessing in disguise

Javeed Rahman

The globalised 21st century marked the liberation of man from numerous impregnable shackles and restraints, be it social, religious & a political hindrances or a financial, educational, and technological obstructions the mankind flies over all the barriers and imprisonments rapidly. The lessons of modern neoliberalism, secularism, leftism and the authorization have reached and entered every alcove of the blue planet. The advancement and growth of science and the expansion of human intellect and reason has reached its highest spectrum& have created new horizons. The Globalization has turned the whole planet into a single global village. The digital and contemporary modern aids and services have evolved and matured man in every faculty & facilities. Like in all other professions and domains, human intelligence and espionage have also brought enormous modifications and shifts in the sphere of learning and education. The ancient blackboards got replaced by white marker boards, the slate boards by white chlorine paper and the elderly and seasoned classroom learning by electronic Classes. These all evolutions in the field make it manageable and accessible to everyone. Above all the modifications which man brings to the educational lawn can be the transformation of classroom learning into E-Learning.
The E- classes hold no countenance to countenance interactions which deprives man from self-discipline. This can be considered for learning some specific impractical skills and transferable knowledge but in complex mastery and proficiency, it is incredibly difficult to settle it together.
Indeed in these tough times, when this pandemic COVID-19 has halted all educational and recreational activities, the advancement of E- classes could be feted as a blessing in disguise. This process may direct to better retention and may furnish consistent and standardized training. In the prevailing annoying and depressing moments, it may offer unique personal preferences and learning goals but it can’t be an effective and beneficial to the degree to which classical classroom learning is elevated. I uphold all the advantages and purposes of online classes or E- Classes but it can never stretch its triumph over the classical classroom learning. In these harsh and critical times, the E- classes might take privilege over the classroom learning but for the long race, it carries disadvantages over boons. The E- classes hold no countenance to countenance interactions which deprives man from self-discipline. This can be considered for learning some specific impractical skills and transferable knowledge but in complex mastery and proficiency, it is incredibly difficult to settle it together. These problems and difficulties can be best summarized in the lines of an education professor and scientist CNR Rao in an interview to NDTV Education said “ these online classes for young children are worthless and inadequate. These classes cannot inspire young minds”. I second Prof. Rao what he said in his interview but at the same time when the classrooms are shut & universities are closed we have no other option but to use modern gadgets. Unfortunately, with such kind of advancement there are those who have no access and entry to modern aids like infrastructure and internet, for them, these online classes are not less than any mockery and travesty. Let me sight you an example of Kashmir valley, here, in Kashmir time and again the state government has shut down the internet. Now, due to international pressure and their own self embarrassment, they lured us with 2g internet momentum almost after couple of months. Ironically, the 2g internet speed is also working on snail’s race. Therefore, due to the repeated derailing of internet facility in Kashmir valley the modern gadgets even became useless in Kashmir.
(The author is pursuing his doctorate in Education at Aligarh Muslim University. Views are his own, javeedrahman6@gmail.com)

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