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John Steinbeck: “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”
There is an art and a science to teaching. Have we forgotten?
Robots? Not for teaching. Not to even serve lunches. If all we had to experience to learn was an exposure to the materials, then, just reading a book would work.
But to free up mundance staff duties which in turn may free up funds so that students receive inspirational, motivational interaction with human role models?? Yes! That would work. Cleaning. Updating databases. Posting attendance and grades. Reshelving library books. Mowing. Roomba robots doing floors. Programming software to perform maintenance tasks.
William Arthur Ward: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
A robot like all technology is only a tool.When we regard technology as we do a wood cased pencil, as a tool in an variety of tools used to inspire the student, are we making effective use of technology. It cannot and should not stand independently but needs be intergrated as all curriculum should be. Math does not only exist in the math class but can be applied to language arts as much as in the real world.
Aren't we producing a generation of robots? With the obsession upon standardized testing and the lack of attention to critical thinking and socialization skills, we're producing humanoids trained to do what they are told with questioning why, i.e. why does Edutopia cost $35? Didn't Indiana Jones make enough money???