Sunday, March 11, 2012
Disrupting education means replacing teachers
Yes, it does. The fact is, we have too many teachers and too many employees working in education. Teacher training and certification have no correlation with student achievement (at best) and (at worst) can be used to keep effective professionals out of the classroom.
Only in a backward and ineffective economic sector would you see more resources being used (money and labor) to produce the same results. Education is one of those ineffective (and expensive) sectors of the economy.
Disruptive technology will not only help identify good teachers and make great teachers even better, disruptive education technology will also replace bad teachers with robots and web applications.
And yes, the teacher unions are fighting any technology that can be used to replace human employees (ie replace expensive, ineffective and bad employees).