- New York’s two top educators came to Buffalo on Tuesday to warn of a looming teacher shortage and figure out how to recruit the next generation to the embattled profession.
- The official nationwide Teacher Shortage Area list for 2015-16 year (you can see the list here ) is not a list of job postings but a reference to where states and schools are potentially looking to hire administrators and teachers. And the comparisons within many states tells a disturbing story: growing teacher shortages in key subjects.
- Newspaper headlines dramatically declare that U.S. public schools are facing a teacher shortage of epic proportions.
The future of teaching is….Robot Teachers
My oldest daughter is a grade school teacher. A couple of years ago I told her that her job was going to be replaced by a robot. She looked at me and rolled her eyes and scoffed. I continue to believe that, for a host of reasons, real human teachers will continue to fall by the wayside. I’m not saying it’s a good thing or desirable but it’s inevitable. Why you ask?
- Robots don’t need salaries or healthcare benefits and don’t get sick or take vacations
- Robots teach based on the latest information that’s fed to their memory banks and are always current
- Using the data school districts have been gathering on students they can “profile” each student, plan a curriculum and load that into the robot teachers memory. The robot easily accesses the information, knows just how to deal with each student and never gets frustrated or angry
- Mass testing will no longer be needed. The robot teacher can customize tests to each students level, record the data, transmit the data to the mainframe and get instant guidance on how to change instruction and style/approach by the minute.
Unions could become obsolete or they could evolve to represent robot teachers.
Think of what you want a teacher to look like. The screen of the ‘Bot could change for each student to emulate someone they feel safe and comfortable with. The “voice” the student hears comes from the earpiece they wear and is a blend of tone, timbre and inflection (male or female) that testing and data indicate the student will be most responsive to. Heck, when the students have their Virtual Reality (VR) unit on the teacher will be absolutely unique to the student.
In the future, when our children’s children look back at their educational experience they will fondly remember their own unique robot teacher and wonder why we every used humans who were never consistent, testy and impatient. Ah…the future of education.
For those interested in more of our articles on the potential impact of “tech” on education you may be interested in reading these articles:
http://www.swweducation.org/?p=4393 Coming Soon to a School Near You: A Biometric Device to Measure Students’ Brainwaves
http://www.swweducation.org/?p=3478 The Future of Education – Focusing Students with devices