According to The Telegraphhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/09/11/inspirational-robots-begin-replacing-teachers-within-10-years/, Sir Anthony Seldon says that robots will begin replacing teachers within ten years.
He quickly hits the one really good thing about robot teachers:
“Everyone can have the very best teacher and it’s completely personalised; the software you’re working with will be with you throughout your education journey.”
That is the one characteristic that I really like about the idea of personally adapted educational software.
The big issue that the article skated over quickly, the computers:
… will learn to read the brains and facial expressions of pupils, adapting the method of communication to what works best for them.
While the computers are programming the children, the teachers:
… would adopt the role of “overseers”, monitoring the progress of individual pupils, leading non-academic activities and providing pastoral support
Lets think about what he is saying. The government, along with every mega-corp, will not only know your thinking, but your entire history. Big Brother is an amateur! The powers that be will be able to program your children to think whatever the government thinks best. The government will be able to monitor compilance on a daily basis… What could possibly go wrong? A bunch of union “teachers” would serve as cheerleaders and enforcers to backup the machine indoctrination…l
While we are on that track, what if the robot is getting it wrong? As flawed as teachers are, at least they are human.
I don’t know about you, but the NEA has shown itself to be one incredibly efficient greed machine that does not give a damned about anyone’s children, other than their own.
He did touch upon the issue,
He expected the National Union of Teachers to be “very alarmed” by the prospect.
Educational systems are already changing in many interesting and dynamic ways. The university courses online were and are the vanguard of that change. The AI and massively improved nature of teaching software is already changing the landscape of learning. Knowledge learning will be cheaper and easier to obtain. Teacher’s unions are doomed. College professors are going to have to change with the times or go the way of the dodo bird.
He also mentioned that the students should not need to spend more than 30% of the time they do now in the school… Does anyone see politicians wanting to cut school budgets by 70%? Picture having 30% of the teachers. I bet the NEA will be fighting that one, while demanding a big fat raise.
The interesting thing to watch will be the ivy league colleges. They are basically places for the privileged to make contacts that can be exploited for the rest of their lives. What happens when those universities are no longer really needed? It will not happen over night, but those institutions will become entirely different beasts or they will fail.
One thing to note. Genuinely good professors will be able to sell online teaching and tutoring and make a nice living while doing so. Online language instruction has shown many ways for those instructors to find enthusiastic students and actually make a difference. People who really like teaching will find a niche.
While there are many positives to this massive change, there are not a hell of a lot of firewalls. Who determines what is appropriate in the humanities?
Is a Nazi and a Marxist treated the same or is one given preference over the other. Both political movement have murdered millions.
Do we condemn Robert E. Lee for slavery? Do we condemn Rev. “Fat Al” Sharpton for the violence and death related to the Crown Heights, New York riot (8/19 to 8/21/1991)? Do we just avoid all the issues by just publishing the UN’s version of history?
When dealing with social sciences and current events, do we acknowledge the violence of antifa, or do we toe the PC line that all whites are evil and anarchists fascists are our friend?
Make no mistake about it. Math, reading, and sciences are all great candidates for automated learning. I do not trust the powers that be when it comes to programming questions involving right and wrong.
There is another issue that I think everyone is missing. American schools have the reputation for not being the best when it comes to rote learning. Those same schools have a reputation for inspiring creativity and individuality. The software learning systems will drastically improve the rote learning, but will that software undermine that creativity?
We do live in interesting times.