Most Brilliant Education Idea


What do you think of the statement “A teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be”

What about the idea of why do you need to “shove it in your brain” when it is on google?


I think if we use technology to its fullest the teacher becomes the “coach” or as this example shows the “Grandmother”. The role of the educator is to guide the student in THEIR learning path. Let the student own the experience.

I agree, if you know how to access the information you do not need to commit it to memory. That is a shift in education from knowing “bits” to understanding how “bits” work together. The move towards understanding.

5 thoughts on “Most Brilliant Education Idea”

  1. I agree with Mitra if the statement is continued: “A teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be…by a better teacher.” Replacing the bad with the bad (or even worse) makes no sense to me.

    The 2nd part, about what we memorize vs accessing readily, always reminds me of the calculator wars when I was young, the fronts being drawn between those who felt calculators were the math equivalent of Plato’s complaint–if we used them we’d never learn to calculate ourselves–vs those who maintained that the world was changing and manual math skills still mattered, just not to the degree they once did. Similarly, GPS syndrome 🙂

    1. I agree with your statement adding “by a better teacher” but in some parts of the world a better teacher is not an option. He does a lot of work in areas where you can not get teachers. For that I would say, a computer is better than nothing. Even in areas where they used the technology in isolation Mitra is layering “Grandmothers”. They are serving as educational coaches and while not as robust as an educator I think this illustrates the need for a layer beyond technology.

      1. Yes, Martha and Chris. I agree with both of you on the “better teacher” front. However, being in a rural area, I understand what Martha is saying. The high school here cannot get a history teacher to take the position, as we are so far from the city (3 1/2 hours). It’s difficult for the school to get teachers, unless they just happen to settle here or take a 3 year contract doing “rural” teaching in order to further their careers. Thus, using computers to teach history is the only option for our local high school…it’s either that, or not have history at all. Hard to do that when it’s a requirement. Still, there is a history teacher who does video classes with the students…so regardless, there is still an educator running the course. Hence, I think this highlights the idea of needing that “layer beyond technology.”

          1. Martha, blended learning was the name of the game in my last classroom. It was a trial by fire for me, as I had only dabbled in this during my previous 10 years as a teacher. However, I have to say by the end of the year, I felt extremely comfortable and confident with it. And, I saw the benefits to my students. Happier, more engaged and a definitive climb in skills achievement.

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