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With the development of technology,teachers are not as important as before.

With the development of technology computers are widely used in the classroom , some people assert that teacher are not as important as before. Do you think so?Please give me your idea.Thank you.

  • Jul 27 2012: One of the most important aspects of teaching is socialization of the children. Young children can be savage! Getting children to behave in a "civilized" manner is not at all easy, and technology does not "soothe the savage beast" that all young children possess. Teaching will remain a critical profession, regardless of the level of technology.
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      Jul 30 2012: Socialization cannot be accomplished online can it? If you are correct about a teacher's importance lying in the social training arena then all this talk about distance learning is moot.
      • Jul 30 2012: Distance learning can still be useful - it's the discipline that cannot be distanced. Little children kick and bite and lie and throw things and etc., etc.! The physical breaches of a child's social order can only be curbed by an adult who is on-the-spot. Teachers teach way more than the three R's, just by being human examples for kids to observe and/or emulate.
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          Jul 31 2012: Agreed Andrew, but as goes the classroom so go teachers. If schooling goes away from classrooms then one teacher can do the work of many. And who will soothe the savage beast then?
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    Jul 28 2012: I think the development of technology, should make great teachers more important, and more respected than ever. A great teacher, can now lecture hundreds of thousands of students through the internet. I think this will be the first generation to see a teacher who makes a million dollars.

    Hopefully, this will also lead to reduced respect for poor teachers.
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      Jul 30 2012: Right on, Mr. Hamilton. May I extend your sentiment to say, "lead to the elimination of poor teachers."?
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    Jul 27 2012: I'd argue the opposite. As scientific and technological developments accelerate we have less time to keep up to date with these developments. Therefore we need outstanding teachers that can present us to new materials as fast and effective as possible. We have no time to waste on bad teaching.

    We do need new teaching media however that use different channels, capture the value of class rooms and still allow us to get help when we're stuck.
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      Jul 27 2012: I think so too. Just like you said, I think that there's a new demand for better teachers, not getting rid of teachers.
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        Jul 30 2012: Those new, better teachers should replace, and eventually eliminate, ineffective teachers.
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    Jul 31 2012: Teachers will not disappear, but the teachers of tomorrow will not be the guys you know since the "dark ages". Who will be those teachers of future? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. Every person who wants to be educated will be a teacher. So, if you look at a mother or a father, you will see a teacher. If you look at a graffiti artist, you will see a teacher. If you look the girl delivering fuel at a gas station, you will see a teacher. Even if you look at a prisoner, you will see a teacher. Almost everybody will be a teacher. Why? Because the frontier between teaching and learning will disappear. A teacher will not only be the individual chatting with you via Skype. The same about the classical teacher staying sit down at her office grading exams. For sure, yourself will be a teacher, no matter what will be your profession or labor activity. What kind of technology will do this possible? Technology already exists. What it does not exist yet is political and moral willingness to change things in favor of citizens. REMEMBER: A teacher is not a person. It's a role played by a person (or an artificial device) with a strong will of LEARNING!
  • Jul 29 2012: teachers will always be an important part of education.Though we are using computers in the classroom or audio-video to understand better but the people explaining things in the video are teachers. In fact with development of technology teachers have become more important,they can teach students almost anywhere in the world.
  • Jul 29 2012: they may become less important but they are always superior to technology
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    Jul 27 2012: Teachers are still as important as before; even though they should not be doing the same thing that they've been doing before this information age.
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    Jul 27 2012: Technology has many uses in education, certainly, including providing an option for conveying factual information that students might otherwise hear from a live person or read in materials on paper. Computers also are useful in some forms of assessment and excellent for engaging students in drills of rote material.
    Teachers can give more focused attention, then, to developing higher order thinking skills and facilitating disourse as a vehicle for doing the same. Teachers can further focus on developing students' metacognitive skills and providing the human environment for learning and working in community in a form that will continue and does continue in social life, worklife, and civic discourse outside the classroom. The teacher establishes a creative culture in the classroom and builds in a joy in living, human learning interaction that cannot be reproduced by machines.
  • Jul 27 2012: Computers are not personable, they are fast, they do not have the faults of humans, they are blind to race, they can not feel, nor see neither excitement nor disappointment.
    Only a human can see and use awareness of the other I will challenge a computer to feel passion.

    Alas most teaching starts well before a child enters school.