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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10 Responses to “Obsolete Professions? Passé Practices?”

  1. ruprup Says:

    bai, we need to learn still the basics. but we need to learn faster and more specially with the tremendous knowledge we need to stuff our heads with. it just made knowledge accumulation easier. but keeping them and using them in more productive ways are another stories to tell.

    hay nako pag nagkaanak ka na maloloka ka sa damu ng pinag-aaral nila. (wala pa akong anak kasi wala akong matres. pero i have a nephew. and i saw how much they are learning at grade 1!)

  2. dwinnix Says:

    agree bai rup, except that maybe the basics should now be redefined – it should already include the basics of technology too, at least as enabler in expediting the learning process🙂

  3. tivo Says:

    Interestingly lady red posted her ‘Basic Instinct‘. Good idea! let’s explore how technology can be practically useful, to enhance our profession or expertise rather than obsolete us. Scary Movie 5!

  4. redjeulle Says:

    Technology might get more and more advanced, but it’s still all based on your bits and bytes, the 1’s and 0’s. It’s still a good idea to have a nice, firm foundation of where it all began.

  5. dwinnix Says:

    indeed, we shouldn’t lose sight of the basics. in fact, google mo lang ang mga yan, and you’ll get loads of it – di na kelangan discuss pa sa Typing 101 lab at mag type nakablindfold sa Olympus typewriter.

    it’s not even necessary to adopt the latest technologies, especially if the cost is not justifiable. it’s simply optimizing whatever technology one has, personal or in business, maximizing its capabilities and creatively identifying ways to make them more useful than what the ‘User Manual’ dictates.

    let’s defy status quo mga bai!🙂

  6. jbp Says:

    what if mag brown out dwinnix..toink…way internet, way broadband, way gamit ang computer…..way google….kaguol…hhihhihihii

  7. dwinnix Says:

    mao nay gitawag, switch to IBM – It’s Better Manual.

    but seriously, solar energy is now explored as an alternative source of power. 🙂

  8. arlene Says:

    Hi dear! Watz up?

    Yah your right, you have a point, technology plays a great and important role in today’s global market. For big companies, it really helps a lot. It gives organizations the means to create better products, enhance operational efficiency and service delivery, and provide superior customer care services. To retain its competitive edge, a company needs to harness technology to its best advantage.

    But if you think that introducing technology to a generation as young as 3 yrs.old is a good idea, I beg to disagree. They “must” LEARN the basics, they need to learn how to use paper & pencil (scribble will help the kids to develop their writing skills) and the most important thing is that we need to instill in today’s generation what we call “VALUES” …That’s why EDUCATORS found a way in revising the curriculum for pre-schoolers from a TRADITIONAL to PROGRESSIVE or THEMATIC APPROACH, that is, to help kids become more equipped and not to make them feel stressed with their assignments, exams, etc. . It will be easier for them to understand the value of education (the kids will feel that they are just playing, when in fact “may natutunan na pala sila!)

    CHANGE is good, TECHNOLOGY helps us to make our work easier, but we need to weigh things, our country cannot dwell much on buying a computers hence students end up sharing. You won’t learn when two people are using just one computer at the same time right? Some schools would even have four students sharing in one computer, but SHARING is still good (hehehe) don’t take me wrong. One more thing, not all information from the internet is good not, even correct the computer and we are teaching the children to become independent in technology, not being so resourceful and most specially become so lazy in everything.

    Learning is PLAYING..
    Learning is FUN.
    Learning is MEANINGFUL.
    Learning is EXPERIENTIAL.
    Learning is VALUABLE.

    Live life to the FULLEST my dear!!!

  9. dwinnix Says:

    hi arlene, thanks for the valuable insight. i totally agree with you on exposing kids on the ‘basics’ – we can never do away with that. but with the rapid change in technology, IT at that, what do we exactly mean by the ‘basics’? this is exactly why the Progressive/Thematic approach has replaced the traditional way – kids are now honed more on emotional intelligence. educators realized the need to shift in paradigm, EQ is more important than IQ because the latter can be learned later on in life, in fact, can just be searched through google.

    as to the scarcity of computer units in school, this is something that can be a thing of the past. more and more, computing resources have become more affordable. check this link, PC for $100. it would be safe to say that investments in PC could cost as much as the cost spent in producing books, papers and other supplies combined.

    learning will be more fun, meaningful and faster with technology at our fingertips – but guarding on morality should be heightened – and there are technology solutions that can help achieve that. also, there are ways to train kids to be responsible and keep their morality intact, EQ is already one.

    the fusion of technology and men is inevitable🙂

    indeed, let’s live life to the fullest! learning to click a mouse can make a difference.


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