Are teachers being replaced by computers and technology? Prior to the 21st century, teachers played the primary role as a “dispenser of information.” Now teachers are being referred to as “orchestrators of learning and helping students turn information into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom.” That doesn’t sound like too much of a change, right? Wrong. Currently, in the United States, teachers are becoming at risk of losing their jobs to computers. In Idaho, school superintendent Tom Luna’s education reform plan is headed for final passage. His bill allows for new spending on laptop computers for students across the state, and will use these computers to cut teachers’ jobs, salaries, and increase class size. Sherri Wood, the president of the Idaho Education Association, said it “trades teachers for technology,” adding that laptops cannot replace “caring, competent” adults in the classroom.” Getting rid of teachers and submitting computers in their place would have a very negative effect on the comprehension and learning abilities of students because “online classes and digital tools could undercut the need to take students’ individual learning styles into account.” There will be a rally taking place to protest Luna’s outrageous bill, and even students are speaking out against it. Students have said that they do not want computers replacing the teachers because if you need someone to talk to or to make you laugh, computers can’t do that. Although technology is an essential addition to the present day teaching curriculum, computers simply cannot replace teachers in the classroom.

YouTube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMNzEJ1iMUY&list=PL2A01FE67A5E53D2D&index=4&feature=plpp_video

Sources:

Laptops Are Not Teachers

http://neatoday.org/2011/04/01/laptops-are-not-teachers/

 

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