Artwork by Sidney Harris. Introduction We are about to take up some of the more speculative topics, like space combat and star travel. To make things work, we will have to bend, and perhaps even break some of the theories of physics. But you have to do it responsibly, remaining true to the spirit if not the letter of the laws of science.
Can Technology Replace Teachers?
Mar 01, · Scroll through this list of questions that touch on every aspect of contemporary life — from social media to sports, politics and school — and see which ones most inspire you to take a stand. I suspect that most of these wannabe writers are getting their first introduction to 'putting the science in science fiction' in the format "you can't do that.". You can't have a planet-city because of heat pollution, you can't have an FTL communication system because it creates causality loops, and so on. [Content warning: Politics, religion, social justice, spoilers for “The Secret of Father Brown”. This isn’t especially original to me and I don’t claim anything more than to be explaining and rewording things I have heard from a bunch of other people.
That is really the main question to ponder when discussing whether technology can take the place of educators in the near future. A teacher does not just transmit knowledge; he or she guides his or her students.
Teachers are mentors who encourage students to develop critical thinking skills and apply them to life. Teachers also pass on social skills and develop a moral compass to their students so transmitting knowledge is just a small part of what a great educator does.
Sugata Mitra is a revolutionary when it comes to educational technology. One of the most recent inventions that Mitra made is virtual classrooms where unsupervised children learn from one another.
Despite the exciting work by professor Sugata Mitra however, teachers are still needed because machines have no supervision skills. Children, it seems, still need the encouragement or coercion of an adult to keep them from drifting off.
Not only is it important to keep children on task, but it is also important that children are able to learn important life skills besides academics. Children need an adult in all educational situations so they can provide input and guidance. Without this input, it would be difficult for a group of children to find a positive direction because they would not have a superior to look up to or to ask for help once a problem arises.
Technology will not be able to answer every question that a child may have or will not be a great communicator for the child when they get frustrated or confused during their study.
Even though children can learn quickly from one another, they need a responsible person to guide them in their explorations in order to achieve a positive outcome.
Out of any role, one of the most important a teacher can have is that of a mentor. Motivating children to pursue their own goals and dreams is the responsibility of a great teacher. Many new teachers excited about incorporating computers believe that they should let their students explore on their own with the machines.
The Internet goes down, and only an English teacher can properly grade an essay and conference with a student afterward. Thus, in the past six years I have learned that technology can not replace the teacher and that students want to learn from humans, not machines. Educators are the responsible adults needed to teach these critical life skills inside a classroom as well as the basic academics.
It is apparent that machines cannot take the place of people and hence, technology will never replace teachers. This entry was posted in Anticipating the Future by mkaufman. I think you are making an interesting argument for the changing role of the teacher — not for the replacement of teachers.
I would suggest, as you do in the article, that someone is necessary to create an environment to question, to discriminate among sources of information, to weigh perspectives, to think about consequences, to bring contextual meaning to a situation, to be creative, or to make careful judgments.
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