Can Technology Replace Teachers
In discussing if technology should or can replace teachers, it is of paramount to understand what the role of teachers in today’s technologically driven society. Over the past couple of years, individuals have started to take online courses and learn foreign languages through computer programs, so imagining robots taking over the education realm isn’t that far-fetched. It can’t be denied that technology can do many of the same responsibilities as educators, below are some of the evidence that guarantees that technology can’t and shouldn’t replace teachers.
Human relationships. Teachers do not just transmit knowledge; they guide, lead and direct students. Teachers mentor and encourage students to develop critical thinking skills and apply them to life. This aspect of tutoring can never be assumed by any technology currently. Motivating students to pursue their own goals and dreams is the responsibility of a great teacher, a task machine/technology may not achieve.
Transmission of Social Skills
Moreso, another area of teaching that technology can not assume is in the area of transmitting social skills. Teachers transfer social skills and develop a moral compass on their students.
One of the most recent inventions that technology brought is virtual classrooms where unsupervised children learn from one another. Despite the exciting work, however, teachers are still needed because machines have no supervision skills. It is well known that teens achieve just half of what their peers in face-to-face instruction can. Children, it seems, still need the encouragement, guidance, and direction of a teacher to keep them from drifting off. So even as technology assists in learning, it doesn’t help them stay on task during their studies, which places teachers above technology.
Technology does not teach students 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. These are just some of the few crucial skills that teachers are able to pass on to students. Technology doesn’t have emotions or the ability to think creatively so it would be impossible for students to attain important life skills from inside the classroom.
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When students are learning in school they shouldn’t be wholly surrounded by machines that can’t talk, cope with or relate to them. Teachers are excellent adult role models that students can become inspired by in addition to their family members. Technology isn’t something that will encourage a student and it definitely won’t be a role model for the child to inspire them. technology can not replace the teacher and that students want to learn from humans, not machines.
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