Monday, February 19, 2007

Horizon newsletter - 1st article

The following is my the full text for my 1st article ever in the Horizon newsletter at the Sultan Qaboos University.

Since I have been given approval for it being run in the this week's issue, I am going ahead to publishing it here so I can see what you all think of it.

Please leave any suggestions or constructive criticisms when you are done with reading it.

Thank you..

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Education: Not Just A Certificate

Ever since the dawn of time, man's greatest tool to survive in the world we now live in – was – his knowledge. His knowledge to learn and adapt to the environment that surrounds him. The ability to learn to gain technology; whether it was the primitive, yet, important, invention of fire or finding new and better, faster ways to communicate across vast lands and continents and reach another human being.

While the logical method to gain more knowledge is through education; there are various definitions to it of which people differ in, but, nonetheless, agree in the one goal it takes you to.

So, then, how does one differentiate between education and basic common knowledge in this day and age?

Forget about books, journals, and your basic 'old style' educational material, since education knows no bounds then one must embrace the technological know-how that allows them to gain more knowledge such as the internet; or the experience that takes us to new levels of knowledge; or the day-to-day events that teaches us in many ways the true meaning of education through life's lessons.

We are all pupils of 'Life 101'; and no matter what level of knowledge we gain, there is just no end to the path we take. But, there is no excuse to give in easily to the obstacles that are brought up our way; nor is it an excuse to seek the easier way – if it means losing on the fundamental values of the lesson.

For however knowledge is gained through the educational process, it should be always holding a bigger meaning than a mere certificate to us. For it holds our very future within its grasp.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent.

I loved it.

Amira said...

I am a strong believer of constructive criticism. So here is mine: I think it requires more Oomph! Also, the example used >invention of fire:it's more of a discovery than it is an invention (Maybe!)

Personally what attracts me to a piece and make me want to scream WOW is if I benefit from it through learning new info as opposed to (yeah, I know ... so what's new) and/or when a simple subject is taken and is creatively woven into an intellectual puzzle that entices my brain and ultimately see where and how it fits within myself (ohhhh ahhh, is that possible, that is such a great way to start a conversation …etc)

I am sure you are more than capable of injecting more soul to that piece.
Good luck!

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Anonymous:

Thank you.

ps: would love to know who you are, since you HAVE been replying for quite a while on my blog. Send me an email if you want. Thanks again.

Amira:

As am I a strong believer of constructive criticism. Thus, the reason to my request for it.

The part about 'invention of fire' instead of 'discovery' is technically correct, but I was trying to humor the reader. Perhaps my attempt failed. :o)

Personally what attracts me to a piece and make me want to scream WOW is if I benefit from it through learning new info as opposed to (yeah, I know ... so what's new) and/or when a simple subject is taken and is creatively woven into an intellectual puzzle that entices my brain and ultimately see where and how it fits within myself (ohhhh ahhh, is that possible, that is such a great way to start a conversation …etc ---> in normal circumstances, I would agree with you in a heartbeat, but you must understand that this piece was my first for the University and I wanted to feel out how much I can actually go near the bounds (i.e.: red lines) and so far the person I correspond with about this particular article has been more than happy about it to the point of requesting a new one for the next issue. Which I assure you, that I will take all the points that you suggested into consideration.

And if you think that was my best attempt at bringing out my talent, then you have another thing coming. As I said earlier, you will just have to wait for the next issue to come out to know what I am talking about.

Thanks again for your suggestions.

:o)

secure said...

great article, simple but yet to the point :) As they say less is best :)

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Secure:

Thanks again for your nice words.

آمنة said...

Hi,
nice article u got, only I wanted to draw ur attention that Internet is spelled with 'I' not 'i'.
this is a computer engineering/science convention.

Good luck

Sleepless In Muscat said...

Fair enough. But same could be said about the amount of mistakes in the comment you posted and on your blog.

But, thanks anyhow.

آمنة said...

!! neither my comment nor my blog will be published in a university publication

take it easy :/