Prof Shankar Sahay: Vanishing social skills in Education

Last week an incident reminded me of a quote by Einstein

"I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots."
As I was waiting for my train to arrive, I couldn't help observing a couple along with their 2-year old kid in the waiting room. The only communication which took place between the trio was the stern threat of the mother to the kid "if you will not behave properly, I will take away the game from you." All three were glued to their respective screens- parents to the cell phones and the kid to the video game. Every now and then, when the kid would try to speak to the parents, his mother's warning would be repeated aloud.
The incident forced me to share the thought and wonder how true Einstein's words has come out to be. Just ponder, what would be the level of social skills of this child when he grows up in this environment.

Shankar Sahay - Professor 

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