Obsolete Professions? Passé Practices?
November 7, 2006
If you can manage financial wealth through the internet, if you can shop cashless in the malls, if you can buy a stick of Marlboro from manang and use your cellphone to pay her through G-cash, then why fake 10-peso coins and get caught? Or why aspire to become a bank employee for life?
If ERP systems can accurately generate accounting reports for a very complex business transaction, highlight a product’s profitability and warn decision makers against a losing product line, then why spend six months in a review center and still fail the CPA board examinations?
When everyone can already afford a personal computer and once broadband becomes a mandatory home utility, then yaya can easily solve Dodong’s trigonometry assignment through Excel, compose grammatically-correct love letters for Kuya in Word and download research materials for Ate from the internet. Will you still give your students homework? Will you still say yes over a highfaluting love letter? Will you still continue to patronize librarians and pay the overdues?
When QWERTY keyboards, numeric keypads and palmtops become as necessary as food, clothing and shelter, should we still spend years in forcing kids to learn handwriting binoldi (in bold letters) and pinakatay (letters in script) fonts as basics for ABCs?
As easy as a four-year-old can start reading words now and pronounce them fluently, don’t you think kids in elementary school are already quick enough to compete in high-speed keyboarding contest, take final exams by composing text messages blindfolded and master the stylus strokes in their art classes? Can’t teachers easily generate scores from the blindfolded examinees’ text answers and maybe keep their grades in the phonebook?
If we can blog about almost anything, then almost anything can be codified and form part of wikipedia‘s repository. All these knowledge made available with just a click of a mouse. Can my opinion then be still more valuable than that of a robot’s?
Where do we go from here? Are we now supposed to put more focus in honing our emotional quotient than IQ? To the KM gurus out there, is it really imperative for a nation to switch to a knowledge-based economy to become globally competitive?
Surely you can easily google certain key phrases in each of the above questions and instantly receive valuable insights.
And then all of a sudden, RFID technology reaches its maturity and again redefines and outdates them all.
So how should we keep up? The keyword – retool! Dili ta mag-tinapol bai! (Let’s not dilly dally!) Let’s retool ourselves constantly.
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