Aren’t tools making us dumb


Yeah, It is about WYSIWYG editors or IDE for most application we create.
Yes I accept these tools help Productivity which is the major concern.

I just want to explain how Indian (asians) learning methodology differs from the American way of education and it has go to do with the tools which make us dumb

If we just compare the Indian kid with an American kid, there is lot of difference in the way they learn, few are explained below

Indian Kids
Basics or the fundamentals very strong
Why are we strong in our fundamentals?
The basic reason is that our education system still believes in the clark tables and manual calculation no support of calculator till we reach the pre degree or the Plus 1. Our theory knowledge is good but mostly we lack in the practical knowledge, due to lack of infrastructure
Their strength lies with calculation, programming or just take commands to execute things

American Kids
KISS – “keep it simple stupid” is the main idea. or Don’t make me think
Infrastructure has never been a problem, from calculators to Computers are at their disposal. To the funnier site they could even outsource their home work with the use of internet.
Their strength lies in the designing and managerial capabilities

Do you remember those young old days (kindergarten times)how we use to write impositions to remember things or read things aloud

What if we just use text editors and don’t depend on Dreamweaver in the initial stages to learn CSS and XHTML?
Yes that is the right approach, I learned from the pros who have been doing the table less or the css way of creating a web page. I remember the old days where Dreamweaver/ FrontPage was in early stages where I learned by just typing the syntax on a text editor notepad. Today I have been addicted by using dreamweaver and my learning curve has been at large with respect to time.

The same goes with all the IDE s, my developer friends in Opmanger team at Adventnet still continue to use text editors that is how I learned from them.

I don’t say using IDE is a sin. But initially restraining from the use of IDE helps learning curve short. Once you learn the basics or the fundamentals, most things in Dreamweaver  seems to be too relevant. At least it helps you to optimize the Dreamweaver code when it comes to connection scripts with the database.

What do you feel?

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One thought on “Aren’t tools making us dumb

  1. Vinod,

    Yes this is a very valid point. Infact the ease of things at which we do things these days, some of them forget the old way or the basic way of doing things.
    As long as people understand the basic way of doing things, there is no problem.

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