I guess the simple answer is no. There are too many things a computer will never be able to teach a person. One example is what it is like to be human and that in and of itself touches on many subjects in the humanities.
In no way a machine can replace human emotions. A teacher not only teaches her pupil the concerned subjects but also inculcates good manners in them. So there is no question of replacment, what we need is good humans to build a society of our dream which is absolutely not possible with machines.
It is already happening. I saw a report on Nightline about a year and a half ago, showing these computer programs teaching children. They are already available on the web for use, several subjects. They are highly regarded but I don't believe any program can replace a good teacher. Sorry I can't remember the name of the program, created by a young guy.
I tend to think this concept is occurring now. Since 2000 over 50% of households owned and had access to the internet. That is only one avenue of learning. Others are the software programs on the PC. I have both a typing and reading program for instance. Did they teach me to read and type. Nope. But, they teach me reading and typing.
Regarding all human teachers most certainly not. Regarding teachers most certainly yes. I have not attended a formal educational environment since 2003. From 2000 - 2003 I completed internet classes receiving my AA degree. Those were 80% of the classes I completed. The other 20% were health and science classes where there were lectures and labs. The only teaching in my view with those internet classes was grading papers and on campus tests. Most likely those were not by the professor. They were by a assistants and grading machines. There was monitoring the forum threads for assigned discussions.
I learn constantly through instruction and demonstrations. Why, I simply only need to read an article at HubPages and I am being taught without any interaction with a teacher in a formal learning environment. You tube taught me how to build a computer. Yes, someone made the video, but I had to research what was not understood and could not ask questions. hmmmmm maybe we might be redefining teaching soon.
I don't think so. What if the computer freezes or something happens? And computers cannot emphasize or share feelings. You'd be missing the human touch.
Human beings desire interaction with other human beings.
Most people hate dealing with ACD phone systems that route calls. Everyone presses #0 hoping to get a live person on the phone as soon as possible.
Now if people feel that way about everyday transactions they're going to definitely want to deal with a human being when it comes to something as important as education.
Also if computers replaced teachers that would be the end of essay questions where students explain their reasoning or use conceptual thinking. It's the difference between knowing the "right answer" and (knowing why) it's the "right answer."
Every test would have to be multiple choice or true/false. Computers also would lack the ability to adjust or explain a concept to an individual student in a way that they comprehend.
It would be even more of a "one size fits all" learning model than what we have today.
I personally think its a bad idea, however I think its pretty much inevitable the way technology is advancing.
I hope not. I believe that teaching incorporates some nurturing and that is one thing that you can't get from a computer. Even online courses have human teachers who can fill this role albeit from a distance - if they're a good online teacher.
Although highly unlikely it is possible. Machines are becoming more capable and if we suffer from significant pandemics it could become necessary to at minimum have distance learning. Combine what I just texted with declining monies for concrete buildings one could conclude a significant increase in distance learning (i. e. learning from home). Thus, I would conclude that the Machines will not replace "man" yet distance learning will become the norm via machines with teachers administering e-courses and perhaps proctoring the process...
I think it depends on the environment... In a school/classroom setting, I'm sure more and more school work could and would be assigned online, but it would depend on the school budget and costs. To have a computer lab at a school is one thing, but could society afford to furnish every classroom with a computer? Also, given the statistic that more time is allocated by teachers to disciplining students, than time spent teaching, a computer would be useless... I can see maybe in a home school setting or smaller school, that this could be the case... but I think we have a long way to go before this happens... Because even kids on computers would have to be monitored by someone... since kids could tend to surf the net or play games opposed to doing school work when no one is watching, even if you block certain sites, they are savvy and might find a work around... When you think of college online, you still have a teacher... I just don't foresee computers replacing them... I compare it to calling an automated phone service line... you can't get all your questions answered, sure you can pay a bill, check to see how much you owe, but sooner or later, you might have to talk to a real human being...
They shouldn't ! but yes computers are replacing teachers.In virtual universities,even though there are recorded lectures but rest you have to do or learn all by yourself using your computer and your virtual teacher MR.GOOGLES
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