Schools teach several subjects like English, Mathematics, Science, Arts and other subjects. Science and technology are becoming more essential to modern society, but schools should devote equal time to teaching technological sciences as well as social sciences like humanities. Schools can play an important role in not letting the social sciences lose their grip in the globalized technological world.
The importance of one cannot be overemphasized nor that of the other underplayed.
Role of Technological Sciences in our Life
Modern society has been gaining out of the rapid technological advancement. Modern machines and gadgets have made the life more comfortable than earlier.
Airplanes have made the travel faster and easier.
TV provides entertainment as well as information of the happenings in the rest of the world.
The washing machines help saving effort and time in washing clothes.
Refrigerators store food keeping it fresh, air conditioner helps in staying cool in summer and warm in winter.
Advent of Internet has reduced the distances within the world. There is instant communication with email, mobile phones and fax machines.
Role of Social Sciences in our Life
Learning social science is as important as science & technology. At the same time, society still needs to know the civilization of its people and management by studying social sciences.
History could teach us about the civilization and evolution of the nation’s identity.
Science and Technology do not eliminate the need for knowing our country’s demographics.
Geography gives information on population, the country’s resources – rivers, forests, land, minerals, metals etc.
Other subjects in arts and humanities can inform us of the various regulatory bodies in the countries, the role of different institutions – courts, municipalities etc. and foremost, we can learn about our role and duty towards the society.
Balance between the Technological & Social Sciences: Role of Schools
The importance of none of these can be underrated under the pretext of increasing importance of science and technology. Hence schools should balance the time devoted to teaching subjects in sciences.
In fact knowing all these would facilitate optimum use of science and technology in the best interest of the society.
Knowledge of India’s culture would help developing scientific and technological innovations suitable and acceptable in that country.
Similarly, knowledge of management tactics in Japan would help encourage innovation capable and preferable in that country.
Better designs of products emerge, suitable to the people’s needs and culture with better management of sciences (logical or social or neural sciences!).
Thus, schools should devote equal time to teaching of technological sciences as well as social sciences. Students will then appreciate the advent of technology in the presence of societal needs better. They won’t be left behind as geeks who do not understand the importance management and softer skills like team work.
Society needs the knowledge of social sciences also. It is as much essential as science and technology in the modern society.