Write about the following topic:
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. Agree or Disagree?
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
Write at least 250 words on this IELTS / PTE Essay.
Essay – The Illiterate Of The 21st Century
Who is an illiterate? Dictionary meaning of an illiterate would be someone’s inability to read, write and understand. In a broader sense, lack of familiarity concerning a particular subject would make one an illiterate. So, we can also assume, by extension, that a literate individual would have sufficient knowledge of the subject in question – making him capable of understanding, and if possible, change his opinion of the matter, should a new set of information emerge. In other words, a literate should have the capacity to learn, and if circumstances dictate, unlearn and re-learn. I stand by the statement.
Information about a subject matter should empower us to form opinions. But, should conflicting or contradictory information emerge, our existing learning should not stand in our way. Education should be an enabler – and not a restricting factor. Characteristics like adaptability, upgradability, and change should be associated with literates. Education must make us more open to change, and not stand in the way.
It is a given that the kind of institutional set-up will be instrumental in determining if literacy is leading to constrictions, or if it was leading us to a world of ideas. If it the former, then there is no doubt that even educated individuals may not be warm to the idea of change.
But, to me, the purpose of education must be to open one’s mind to the possibilities of change – to the idea that to better ourselves, we must continuously learn from both past-experience and insights of the new generation; even if it means letting go of some of our old learnings. For only who cannot learn and unlearn to relearn, will be called the literate of today.
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