With so much technology at our fingertips, do you think schools will become teacher-less and classmate-less in the future?
I’ve been wondering when will the time come that I become obsolete ;))) Could a “mechanical teacher” like the one described in The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov be as passionate about teaching as I am? Could it gauge the students’ mood or feelings on a given day and adjust the class accordingly? Could it respond to the needs of the student the way a human teacher can? I don’t think so!
I believe that becoming a teacher is making a life-time commitment to help and to enlighten, to educate and to coach, to soothe and to reassure, to encourage and to believe in the students. Can an online course do that too? Some, perhaps. It certainly can offer the material in a variety of manners, it can dish it out in small, manageable chunks, allow each student to bite as much as he or she can chew. Sure.
But I think a vital element is missing in such “virtual” education – the human connection. The people. The classmate next to you, to whom you can turn for help when the teacher’s busy with someone else, or just to poke and giggle with. The girl you really like but won’t say hi to in case she’ll find out. The guy who tripped you on the stairs and you’re just aching to tell him off as soon as the bell rings.
And the encouraging smile of the teacher who always knows when to say “no worries, we’ll work it out.”
Don’t you agree?