fbpx
03/07/2020 The Communication Science magazine

What is education? A communicative perspective

It seems we have replaced the true meaning of education with bland, state-approved criteria, requirements to meet by a certain deadline, certificates to recognize that you have completed certain steps in a process full of bureaucracy and impersonality.


We talk about “holistic” education, project-based learning, and benchmarks. The list goes on. All this means is that we have replaced the true meaning of education with bland, state-approved criteria, requirements to meet by a certain deadline, certificates to recognize that you have completed certain steps in a process full of bureaucracy and impersonality. We have reduced education to a checklist of sorts, walking around with our clipboards and pens, marking off evaluations of performance, with no real regard for the mind of the individual. In short, we have become complacent. We have stopped caring. Apathy abounds.

The theme of the 21st century so far seems to be apathy. We avert our eyes from the disasters that erupt around us, too busy worrying about the limits of our own small lives, ignoring and undermining the humanity around us in exchange for superficial interactions of hedonistic ease.

The advent of modern technology has given us the privilege of real time updates about events taking place halfway across the world, in places we have never been to, places we may never go. We are connected, yet more detached than ever. Headline after headline only serve to desensitize, the latest crises are ever so lightly touched upon in a manner that was usually reserved for conversation about the weather. Why have we stopped thinking? Why do we fail to care? Why do we continue to trudge, when we are able to fly?

Communication
Ultimately, at the very base of education itself is communication. At the end of the day, education is merely and wholly communication. Education is learning how to learn, and learning why the knowledge you learn matters. Education is passing on a sense of wonder about the events that occur on a daily basis, finding and understanding one’s place in the world. Education is communication of not just knowledge, but curiosity. But, how do we communicate curiosity?

Education is communication of not just knowledge, but curiosity

Perhaps this is the reason for the recent protests at the University of Amsterdam. Students are crying out not for the lack of knowledge, but the lack of understanding. They are protesting the reduction of education to a mechanical process of churning out products that know, yet fail to act upon their knowledge. Cutting the budget impacts not only the quality of education at the university, but the quality of knowledge as a whole.

The fabric of humanity is woven by our collective thoughts, words, and actions. The knowledge that we produce, we must communicate to the greater world in order to keep societies functioning, to promote growth and higher good. How do we figure out how to best interact with one another? How do we communicate the knowledge that we have, in order to inspire others? More or less, how do we optimize the communication of information so that the recipient is endowed, able and wanting to utilize their mind to the fullest capacity?

The reasoning mind
There is a reason why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that “Everyone has the right to education”. Every individual should have the right to question the status quo in order for effective self determination and positive contribution to society. We are the future, and it is essential that the future is an educated one.

There is a reason why the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that “Everyone has the right to education”

Man cannot survive except through his mind. He comes on earth unarmed. His brain is his only weapon. Animals obtain food by force. man had no claws, no fangs, no horns, no great strength of muscle. He must plant his food or hunt it. To plant, he needs a process of thought. To hunt, he needs weapons,and to make weapons – a process of thought. From this simplest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and we have comes from a single attribute of man -the function of his reasoning mind.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

While reading, one may have noticed a slightly excessive implementation of questions throughout this article. Although budget cuts may be inevitable, we maintain a hold on our free will, and the ability to think for ourselves. With the recent budget cuts announced at the UvA, what will studying communication look like? What will it become? It is safe to assume that we may still be exposed to the same information as before. However, how will this knowledge be presented to us? Will it cultivate a thirst for learning? Will we want to learn, or will we settle for “good enough”? Let us never settle in asking questions about the world around us.

Final editor: Kevin Hesp / Cover by rawpixel.com

Reacties

reacties

in Opinion
Related Posts

FSR-FMGxMEDIUM: File Update

30/06/2020

30/06/2020

This academic year has ended and so has the term of the current student council. In this article, Medium gives you an insight into the FSR-FMG’s achievements of this year.

Netflix’s “Queer Eye” Season 5 Review: Spreading Human Connection in Lonely Times

30/06/2020

30/06/2020

Quynh reviews the latest season of the Netflix Original 'Queer Eye'. This season continues the sociopolitical crusade of the Fab 5 in Philidelphia.

Movie theatres: Safely “escaping” 2020

23/06/2020

23/06/2020

What better way to escape the anxieties this year has brought us than by getting lost in a good movie? This article provides you with a list of Amsterdam's must visit movie theaters, for the ultimate escape from reality.

Usage of Surveillance Drones Over Black Lives Matter Protests in the USA

19/06/2020

19/06/2020

The murder of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020, sparked Black Lives Matter protests all over the U.S. Five years after BLM protests were calling for justice after the murder of Freddie Gray, the U.S. government has resorted to drone surveillance as it did in 2015. However, the questions remain, what are they watching?, why are they watching? and what happens to protesters' data in the footage?

“Er komt een tijd dat stilte verraad is”

18/06/2020

18/06/2020

Na de dood van George Floyd is de wereld gezamenlijk opgestaan om racisme te bestrijden. Elsa schrijft in dit artikel over drie acties die je kan ondernemen om wit privilege en racisme beter te begrijpen en zo je steentje kan bijdragen voor een betere wereld.

The Pros And Cons Of Studying Online

17/06/2020

17/06/2020

Online-learning continues throughout next semester of the UvA. Andrada tells us what this means for the quality of academic education.

How Taylor Swift Defined the 2010s

16/06/2020

16/06/2020

From country girl to pop-star - Danny shows you how Taylor Swift successfully shaped pop culture during the last decade.

Backstage Interview With Alexandra Rosca at STUDIO DRIFT

15/06/2020

15/06/2020

Alexandra, chair of the student council FSR-FMG, shares her internship experience at the STUDIO DRIFT art collective. DRIFT's artworks, which are anything but conventional, are displayed in world-famous museum collections and a few outdoor installations.

The Ambiguous Promise of Commercial Sustainability

13/06/2020

13/06/2020

Commercial companies focus on progressing in a sustainable way, but how much of the environmental promises are actually genuine?

FSR-FMG in One Word (but not always) by the Party Representatives of the 2020-2021 Elections

12/06/2020 and

12/06/2020

Student council elections have (almost) come to an end, support your candidates and cast your vote if you haven't yet!

A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Hooked on K-Dramas

09/06/2020

09/06/2020

Next to the growing popularity of K-pop, are people also exploring more Korean media. Especially the K-dramas. Medium reviews some of the best K-Dramas.

Content Farms and Youtube Algorithms: Match Made in Heaven or Partners in Crime?

05/06/2020

05/06/2020

In this article, Quynh explores the phenomenon "content farms" on YouTube, the risks these pose and the way they affect the platform's future.

The Art of Journaling: Inside the Mind of a Master Journaliser

05/06/2020

05/06/2020

Leah Hamilton likes to write down everything that happens in her life. For that reason she started journaling and Medium's Gabby interviewed her on how and why she does it.

Google’s Origin Story

03/06/2020

03/06/2020

What's the origin of Google? Rita takes us on the magical journey that made the company what it is today.

(Straight) TikTok: Land of Homophobia and Stealing from Black Creators

02/06/2020

02/06/2020

Danny calls for tolerance in this opinion piece about bias in TikTok. The time has come for integrity, inclusion and diversity in this decade's social media monster.


mersin escort
mersin escort