IS ONLINE IS THE RIGHT WAY TO GO OR NOT ?
Books are a treasure trove of knowledge, they say, but
can one say the same about the ocean of information, the Internet, especially
when it comes to the students ?
There is no doubt about the fact that Internet
is a boon for all. Education which was just restricted to the books till some years
back now extends to the thousands of websites. Having Internet to amplify the
knowledge is a blessing but have you ever thought that it can be also be
foolish to trust Internet for anything and everything that one studies?
Often web portals are updated with latest of
news and researches about different subject lines and themes but it might just
turn out that they may not be worth anything. At a time when most people around
the world are going crazy about receiving internet updates for studies and
research matter, there are some smart students who prefer to trust their
Kritika Goyal, a student of class 11, science
stream with Mathematics, say, ‘’Internet is just so confusing and I cannot
trust it blindly. What I have seen and realized is that numerous websites on
the net can sometimes be confusing and very suspicious too. Several practical
problems or mathematical equations which require a lot of brainstorming don’t
usually find a solution on these web portals. I have tried looking for various
clues on websites but every time I get more confused.’’ A lot of students prefer to stick to their text
books as they believe that if the basics are cleared, higher level topics
become much easier to understand. The fancy of latest web portals have captured
imagination of people in large numbers but there are few who feel that there is
nothing special about these. ‘’I use Internet for fun and gathering knowledge
in other subjects but not for my studies. I prefer to take the advice from my
teachers for it,’’ quips Sushant Rathi, a student.
Though Internet has always been criticized for
its privacy and authenticity issues, one cannot ignore the educational benefits
that a large student force reaps out of it. Web portals which are updated on a
day to day basis get thousands of hits in a matter of seconds. Many projects
and educational write ups that are served by best of minds are easily available
here. But the question arises on how it’s grasped individually. Protima Sengar,
a teacher shares, ‘’At school level one does not really need Internet for
anything in particular.
We have sufficient books and
materials where all requirements are met instantly. Taking information from
Internet can be troublesome if you don’t know where it is sourced from or
attributed to. It would be incorrect to say that all information on web portals
is not factual, but at the same time half baked knowledge is surely a dangerous
thing to have. The good thing is that parents too have become alert about where
their wards should study from and how much. ‘’I never use Internet for my
child’s studies and trust only books to educate him about the facts and
figures, says Amrita Pramanik, a parent. Whatever is there to understand must
be clear and not ambivalent and Internet might just turn it this way for you. A
majority of parents feel that books are a consolidated package of knowledge and
serve best in all circumstances.