On October 11, there was an on-line conference of the Department of Education following the results of which journalists asked questions to Isaak Kalina.
The other day teachers celebrated the Teachers' Day, therefore, the current week can still be considered festive. "Education news" asked the Head of the Department whether teachers should be afraid of the fact that in the future robots would become their main competitors (or would even totally replace them).
Isaak Kalina reminded that the person had created the robot. It means that the person will operate the robot, and not vice versa. The Minister also raised a question differently: “what kind of person will operate it?”
"Read a very interesting story of the emergence of the car. This emergence frightened the humanity, indeed! The first restriction in speed was 6 km/h. It was considered that, first; it would be very dangerous for pedestrians if the car ran quicker. And, secondly, driving a car with at a high speed would just destroy the identity of the person, his mentality and so on. And now I imagine someone from us today in the car which speeds at 40 km/h, 60, 120, and … fie-fie-fie, everything is all right".
Isaak Kalina emphasized that it's very important to learn how to operate what is created by mankind. Education serves this person.
"At the same time I always remember the fact that to learn how to operate technologically is rather simple. And you have, probably, noticed that the more perfect a technological device is, the easier it is to use it. Men will understand me: it is enough to compare an antiaircraft gun of the 40s years and, for example, a stinger … To use the latter one is much easier – the destructive force is stronger, therefore, not only technological education is required, and it is important as we call it, arts education: historical, literary …
It is also important to study social science. Why? It happens because the person has to realize the consequences of the use of modern technologies.
Natural-science technological education helps us to learn how to use technology, but to learn to understand and realize the consequences of the use of modern technologies is an absolutely different story which arts education helps us to deal with".
The Head of the Department of Education emphasized that history, social science, literature, art are extremely important subjects. He also noted that he "dislikes talks about useless subjects for the pupil": " All subjects are necessary for the complete perception of this world and themselves!"
Source: Education News portal
October 15, 2018