Essay: Illiterate of the future would not be one who do not know to read, but people who does not know how to learn.

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Illiterate of the future would not be one who does not know to read, but people who do not know how to learn.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You should write 200-300 words.


Alvin Toffle’s famous saying “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” makes us ponder over the concept of literacy. In the 21st century, the idea that of a literate or an illiterate person is influenced by academic grades, good job, and professional experience.

Until late 19th century, the word literate meant “familiar with literature” and after that, it implied “the ability to read and write a text”. Just the ability to read and write can not be considered literate in this modern era. There is a strong need to broaden the concept of ‘literacy’. With the advancement in every sphere, everyone needs to expand their horizon towards ‘how to learn’. People should be willing to learn new things and acquire new skills, not only for their development and for the socio-economic development and evolution of humankind.

Education transforms lives but unrevised knowledge and skills not regularly practiced are of no use to humankind. Continuous learning is the key to a healthy mind. A person who does not know how to learn, unlearn, and relearn are the actual illiterates of the future. In this fast-paced era, you need to be updated with all the latest developments happening around us. More often a person feels hesitate in re-learning after completing their academic education. The broader conception of literacy should be adopted where ‘learning’ encouraged, acquired, developed and maintained, is particularly significant.

To conclude, literacy is no longer be understood as an individual transformation but should be conceived as a transformation of the society. When you learn ‘how to learn’ makes a positive development in your overall personality. Unlearning, learning and relearning are important for an individual and for the society.

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