Imparting knowledge and skills onto younger generations is an important goal for education as is the notion of producing those who can think on a deep analytical level to solve problems that inevitably continue to rise now and far into the foreseeable future. Creating a genuine learning environment to simulate challenges applicable to real world so that these rising students are able to use everything they have learned is also of a paramount result of education.
With education being so contained within a medium of technology due to the modern society we live in, I cannot help but feel that rising students may lose on some opportunity to hands on teaching and the immediate response from a teacher or professor. Even as someone that is wholly introverted, I still fondly recall some of the instructors I genuinely liked that enjoyed molding the minds of those who were most interested in learning and had great aspirations for their own future.
Heidegger has always stood by this notion that we should perceive the world as an artist or poet. I think what he’s trying to say here is that we should not lose sight of how our freedom allows us to obtain knowledge and live to the philosophy of becoming deeper thinkers and those readily able to apply what we have learned through our lives. He sees us as being chained to technology and unfree so our own powers and capabilities should not be something that we take for granted. It’s important we maintain a focus on how important humanity is instead of always relying on the technology we are building. Because without the human power behind these technological advancements they would be without power to begin with. Even with technology heavily controlling education, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic, one must not forget that humans are not just a resource that is to be exploited. I cannot deny the practical usefulness for technology during the pandemic and am not taking up some anti-technology movement but merely am I trying to apply Heidegger’s words to how our reliance of it could cause issues of disconnection and disassociation in the future of our technology driven society.
Both of these elements must be used in tandem with one another because technology is an important tool to benefit for learning and is very much integral to the process of meeting the three baseline goals, I mentioned in the very first two sentences. The human element is one that needs to remain free and not tethered to the technology, so we don’t become overly reliant on it even if finding the balance between the two of them is going to continue to be a difficult struggle no matter what time we live in. It’s something that I fear will be something that may continue to get worse before it ever becomes better and hopefully it’s not something that’s a case of “too little too late” because our society is very much determined and molded by our technologies instead of prominently by the people who stand behind their creations.
I cannot imagine Heidegger would be as happy with the state of the world in 2022 given we have done exactly what he had most feared, allowing ourselves to remain in a state of slavery to technology. He would walk down the streets to see everyone staring at their phones, rating their importance by metrics on social media, rarely making the effort to acknowledge the people that are in front of them. It’s a sad notion that education has become what modern technology has decided is important instead of what one can learn in institutes of learning.