Part of owning and operating a gun is proper education. Today education is evolving with technology. Is there any kind of practical benefit to live teachers teaching in the classroom with live students? An increasing percentage of the education community does not seem to think so. The older the generation or age of the person, the less likely they are to agree with the sentiment behind moving towards computerized education, which makes sense. People don’t like what is unfamiliar to them, particularly if they feel that this new development could marginalize them. In other words, teachers don’t want to concede that computerized education is the way of the future because they think that computerized education is threatening to their livelihood. If a computer can teach a class – what do we need teachers for?
I’m here to tell you that this line of thinking that has been adopted by educators and administrators alike is not a logical one. The growth of computerized education should not squeeze out teachers from the education in any way – rather it can, should, and does serve to help them by making their lives easier and enhancing the information that they have to convey to their students. In a vacuum, society is not asking teachers to retire so that it can enlist computers to help teach students. Rather, society would like to see the fat and inefficiencies that plague education trimmed, so as to enhance the lives and learning of students and teachers alike.
Computers Don’t Threaten Jobs
Basically, computerized learning doesn’t mean that a computer teaches students certain specific information, replacing the life of the teacher. It means cutting out the need for physical classroom by creating accessible class content on the computer – saving the teachers and students thousands of hours over the course of an academic lifetime by eliminating the need for a commute to school, and saving a school board and administration thousands in costs by eliminating the need to accommodate students and teachers in person. Teachers create content to be reviewed by the students on the computer, grade assignments and papers, and answer questions all over the computer as opposed to in person – proving that the unique lessons and perspectives offered by educated, trained teachers is very much valuable.
To clarify, in no way should this system apply to anyone but the college level and above. There is something inherently valuable in terms of development in children and teens attending to school so as to learn how to best benefit and integrate into society. The thought of children staying home and being robbed of valuable interaction with peers and teachers alike is a tragic one, and that’s why this (computerized learning) will never become a reality for any kind of young person.
The bottom line is, there is too much to be gained by optimizing learning via computers for this to never become a widespread, universally adopted practice. Students are proven to learn no less over the computer than their contemporaries who are taught the same thing in the same class – there’s really nothing left to say to defend the idea that learning should only be done in classrooms.