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Are Information and communication technologies really transformative?
Education is meant to bring about cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual transformation and refinement among learners. In this context, learning is seen as an exalted psycho-social process of acquiring content and concepts of various disciplines and human transformation of learners into persons who believe in peaceful co-existence.

Education is not meant to control and confine students but to make them thinking individuals. The use of technology in schools through CCTV camera, biometric devices and smart classrooms to control and teach often leads to social isolation and loss of sensitivities.

Criticising the excessive use of Information and communication technologies (ICTs) in schools, Mayank Singh says, "'What you know' is not considered as important as 'What is the effect on you of what you know'. In marked contrast, modern education swamps students with information, but sadly the information brings hardly any transformation in the students."

Citing the increased frequency of school violence despite ICTs and smart classrooms in US and likening it to situation wherein technology was controlling human beings, he says, "The foundation of American society has been rocked by the repeated massacres by school children of their own peers and teachers for no good reason whatsoever. In many schools, metal detectors now screen every child before he enters 'the modern temple of learning'."

With the more ICTs coming to educational institutions, there is equally more need for enhancing the spiritual intelligence of students, In this regard, spiritualist Shivani says that most of us are taught to believe that we are our physical forms, and so, we wrongfully identify ourselves with our bodies or the labels we give to our bodies such as nationality, race, gender, profession, etc.

"This wrong sense of self is what creates all fear, anger and sadness in life. From a spiritual point of view these emotions are always the result of ego or misidentification, which then blocks access to your true spiritual nature which is peaceful, loving and joyful," she adds.

If we want our children to inherit a peaceful world, we have to teach them the spiritual truths that will engender that peace – within and without – by empowering them by spiritual education and enhancing their spiritual intelligence, stresses Mayank Singh.

"We have controlled machines and uncontrolled humans," declares a slogan depicting the potential threat of global disaster due to the over-use and misuse of modern technologies. Consequently, children receive heaps of inert information and get socially isolated leading to formation of irrational and insensitive minds.

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