- What skill do you think the university has provided for your job?
Thank you for the question. Well, a university is a place where we develop the major skills that cannot be developed at the other levels of education. Usually, we learn a good deal of real-life skills and develop expertise on those skills. The most important skills, I think, would be intellectual skills, communication skills, organisational skills, interpersonal skills, language skills, computer literacy, professional and practical skills and more others. When a student enters into a university, s/ he develops an extraordinary sense of consciousness and consequently their intellectual level rise. With the gradual increase of the intellect, they learn to think differently and grow their senses of consciousness. As a result, they could take the right decisions promptly than the ordinary people.
They also learn to communicate effectively from the university. You know, in universities, you are to communicate with a large number of people including your mates, university teachers and even the university staffs. If they fail to communicate effectively with the surroundings, they would not be able to get their things done. So, for their own sake, they need to learn the skill which they could apply in their future. Besides, language plays an important role in their university life as there is a wide number of student come get admitted. To communicate with all of them, a student needs to master several languages. Sometimes, the students are to complete different assignments and reports and they need to use computers for the purposes. So, their computer skills get developed in the university. Most of the times the university students need to pass their leisure hours with the other students and share their feelings, emotions and thoughts. Such activities improve their inter-personal skill and later they could apply the skill in their real-life situations. In brief, a university student learns all the skill that is necessary to make them successful in their professional life.
- What skills can you learn in school?
Well, a school is a place to learn some basic skills of life that will be useful in the coming phases. A school is considered as the key institution to form the foundation of an individual. It teaches us the basic skills like time management, forming the reading habit, problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptability, goals oriented, concentration, note taking, reviewing studies etc. With the growth of time management, the student learns to maintain time effectively. S/ he will never be late to attend the class and later the habit will allow them to attend any appointments in due time. Reading habit is one of the most adorable habits and it develops from the early childhood when the kids go to school. When they are prescribed different books, they read them carefully. Gradually they start reading extracurricular books and thus form the habit that lasts lifelong. In schools, the teachers set goals for them and the students are to reach the goals or complete them in due time. Consequently, they become goal oriented. Most of the time the students are to take short notes in class from the lectures. Short note taking is a good habit for them and could be applied in the later stages of their life. The school hours are sometimes different. You know, the school hours change considering the seasons and the students are to adapt to the odd schooling hours. When they are assigned to different assignments and home works, they need to think critically. They are to bring the solutions and they also need to present the thoughts before their class and teachers. Their critical thoughts get sharpened. Besides, before the exams, they are to review the studies they have done so far and the habit continues till their adulthood. It helps them greatly to review all of their activities.
- What do you think of the role of family for children to learn skills?
Uhh! The family is the first institution and been serving various aspects of human life since time immemorial. Family teaches the kids about different about different roles and mostly socialising them. Socializing is a great thing to consider in human lives. If you do not know the rules and are unaware of your responsibilities while living in a society, undoubtedly you are to experience some negative consequence. When you are unaware of your responsibilities in the community you are living with, it would be difficult for you to continue the living. Interestingly, the skills are taught in families. For instance, you are walking on a road and someone was badly injured there. You need to take the injured person to the hospital and inform the family members of the injured. This is a socialising skill. Have you learnt it in schools? The answer is negative. Such issues like helping the people usually taught in families. The family also teaches to be with the people in their need and behave well. I think you are familiar with the saying that my family is my strength and my weakness. If you learn something good, your family would be attributed to that quality and if you learn something negative, similarly your family would be pointed or blamed to teach you the negative quality. Thus, a family plays important role in the life of the people. In fact, people learn the first lessons from the families and those help them decide to be good or bad humans.
- What is the most popular skill that people want to learn?
Umm! There are a great number of skills that people want to learn and master. Each of the skills is important and popular and is unnecessary for everyone. But at times it is impossible to master all the skills at a time and thus we need to hire experts on the specific matters to solve the problems arisen for our lack of skills. Usually, people want to master skills like writing ability, well-groomed conversation, critically thinking, maintaining professional and private life, dealing and saving money, adjustment with technology, abiding government rules and carrying out the civic responsibilities, repairing the damaged things like home appliances or vehicles, cooking etc. Each of the skills is popular among the people around the world.
To me, it appears that one cannot master all the skills together and hence the need for different professionals emerged. Humans, in fact, cannot master all the necessary skills together for some specific reasons and the first one is physical limitations. Each of the people has some sort of physical limitations and as a result, they cannot perform all the tasks or cannot master them. I think you also have some sort of deficiencies in your life and for that, you need to take others help who are experts on the issue. For instance, both you and I are unaware of the medicine as we are not doctors. We might have some usual ideas overtaking medicines and we may also prescribe the same medications to others if they are suffering as we did. But the suggestions for medications will not make us doctors, right? Further, the doctor might need a painting for his spacious living room and he needs to buy that from a professional painter because he cannot paint pictures. This is the fact. Skills count. I think the issue is clear why one cannot gain all the skills though they want to have them all together.
- What kind of school would you send your children to? Why?
It’s an important question for me. I want my kids to be educated, I mean it. They should be educated. I should admit them to a school where they would be able to learn real-life skills so that they could use the skills in their practical life. Most of the schools and educational institutions nowadays inspire the students to memorise instead of teaching them the right things. They emphasise on learning than realising. I think learning does not stay for a long while if you realise something from your heart, it would last for the lifetime. I have several examples to show favouring my statement. For instance, now if I ask you to tell me what you have memorised in your seventh grade, of course, you won’t be able to tell me instantly. Or you may have also forgotten. It’s natural. But if I ask you to tell something that you can remember from your childhood, certainly you can tell me a good number of things because those events are ever reminding as you observed those not memorised.
So, I would prefer schools where the teaching method will be different from the ordinary schools. I want my kids to gain the right real-life knowledge and skills and they should also be able to implement those in the right manner. But the numbers of such schools are limited and in some cases, those schools exist on black and white only. But I am hopeful that someday I certainly will get such a school and if I could achieve the ability, I would launch such a school where the kids will get the real-life training instead of bookish knowledge. In fact, I have started dreaming of establishing such a school and I hope someday the dream will come true. If I cannot admit my kids to such a school, I will try so that the others could get the facility of the standard education in the right way.
- What kinds of skills have your parents learned?
Ahh! When my parents were younger, they had several skills. My dad is the man who could impress the others with his words. You will turn his fan after five minutes of talking. When he met someone, he always behaved nicely with him or her and as a result, everyone turned into his friends. He never made any rude remarks to anyone in his lifetime. In return, he has gained love and affection from others. Besides, he was skilled in sports. He had participated in different sports competitions in his school, college and universities. He won prizes for his performances. On the other side, my mom is the greatest woman with a lucid voice. She loves to sing. She also can cook delicious foods and most of the time she does not get the foods in her share as everyone grabs more than their own share. Besides, she also has a great ability to socialise with the surroundings. She is popular and liked by everyone in my family. In many family gatherings, she is the most awaited person for her charming personality. She can please her audience with sweet songs and sometimes she cooks delicious foods for the gatherings which are the other attraction for the members present. Now, I am happy to be their kid and highly admire them before everyone I meet.
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of school education and family education?
Well, school is a formal institution while the family is a non-formal education. The school usually teaches some of the selected elements to live in the society. This is a formal way to get educated and pass different courses with or without distinctions. Generally, in schools, some preset subjects or courses are taught to the students of different levels. Accordingly, they appear on examinations, pass the courses and get their formal recognition like certificates. But the matter is a bit different in the case of a family. The issues taught in families are priceless. It is the first institution for an individual. A family teaches a man to deal with the world. When kids are born, they usually get familiar with the family members gradually and start following their activities. They try to imitate the actions and behaviours of the other family members. Consequently, they start learning about the world and life. They become socialised and start living in a decent society. Education in schools makes them literate and sensible while the education in family forms the base of the individual. Both of them have some detrimental impacts as well. Sometimes people may get derailed for their families or in some cases people may not pass the desired levels. But we have to acknowledge the facts that two of the systems are helpful to us in many aspects comparing the negative impacts. Thereby, I think both the institutional and family education is necessary for humans to live on the planet.