Do you believe computers could replace teachers?

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sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with both posts about the benefits of computer-assisted learning.  However, I think there is a real danger to introducing too much of this too early on.  Students need to be engaging in the social aspect of learning as well.  Most children growing up together are becoming "fluent" at communicating via technology - email, text messages, twitter, etc..  However, we need to instill oral language and behavior skills at a young age, when the brain is still developing language skills and before it "hardens", if you will.  Sticking to the basics with young children, and slowly integrating the computer-based instruction is a better approach.  So, to answer the question - no, they can't.  They can only help.  Below are links to a couple of articles on the topic:

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would like to address this in one more venue.  While I am not certain that computers can replace teachers, I do think that the online discussion and participatory format can be revealing in one's education.  One of the challenges of in class discussion is that not every voice is heard.  Sometimes, there can be two or three in class voices that dominate the discussions, while other times, there is simply a lack of comfort in speaking aloud.   Using the computer and information technology can enhance classroom discussion to include more voices that are not merely in the classroom.  While computers replacing teachers might be in one domain, I think that computers can transform how we look at sharing ideas and classroom discussions in broadening its reach and appeal.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Computers cannot really replace teachers. I have taught both in an online degree program and high school. In each case, there was a designated curriculum but I still provided guidance and graded papers. The problem with a computer is that it can't provide encouragement and support when a student gets frustrated. A computer doesn't understand when a teenager has had a fight with her mother or boyfriend, when she's up at two in the morning with a sick infant, or when his mother is dying of cancer. You need a human for that. Teaching is not just about subject matter. It's about helping students through the difficult parts of their lives, while making sure they are learning.
besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many benefits of using computers in the classroom but I certainly do not think that they can replace teachers. Computers do not show compassion for students the teachers do. Teachers generally care very much about their students and want them to succeed and will go the extra mile to make sure that happens. Computers cannot do this.

ik9744 | Student

Absolutely! Computers are getting more and more advance, but I'd rather not recommend it. Teachers are here to help us on 1 on 1 activities and so on. You can ask the teacher for help unlike for computers. As technology gets wider and wider one day there won't be school at all. Just learning at your house through a computer. Currently, I've seen a lot of commercial about education through computer which startles me a little. Our whole life just turned from human into technology so fast. We're basically taking in computers as our own lives. There are tons and tons of people learning instruments through the computer right now, hinting towards future education through the computer. The most commonly said instrument to be learned through the computer is of course the guitar. The problem is that the teacher would of course lose their job, making that a big problem. There's millions of teachers that would go jobless which also worries me a lot. They've got family to feed, so I don't think computers could replace teachers anytime soon, or at least would allow. Computer knows a lot of things that teacher doesn't know but the problem is they know a lot of false things. The internet is a big source of information which could be edited or use at any certain time, and anywhere as long as you have a technology in your hand. 


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savannah52003 | Student

computers should not replace teachers

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megnewcomb | Student

Computers are a positive reinforcement in the classroom, but I believe they will never replace teachers. Student's will always need momentum in the classroom and I believe that teacher's provide that. Teachers are there to make sure student's are getting and retaining the information that they are given. If you take the teacher out of the equation, the student will have many opportunities to cheat and use shortcuts and get incorrect information. 

atyourservice | Student

I don't think they can, they might be able to assist teachers. But a teacher is a teacher. A computer is not going to be able to notice who needs extra attention, or which student is having trouble with what, while a human teacher can do that, and they can also talk with the students to try to figure out how they can help.

crystaltu001 | Student

I do not think that computers can replace teachers because it would be very weird and different because teachers can teach things sometimes you can't find online. Technology can be useful at times to students but i don't think that replacing teachers with them would be a very good idea.

arrellbelle | Student

It would be incredibly weird if computers replaced teachers one day. However, with the rapid progression of technology, it wouldn't be impossible. Computers can remain un-bias when grading the work of their students and grading papers, exams, tests, or quizzes will be efficient and done rather quickly. This will help speed up the learning process and getting more done within the school year. However, an answer from the computer can only be computed when programmed by a human. Also, how will a computer grade things like, "What is art?".

melissa1106 | Student

All this technology is a very useful guide in the classroom and can help students learn more and be a useful resource in researching but I personally do not believe that they should be replacing teachers in a traditional classroom. teachers are there to assist students in to use technology technology itself should not be the teacher because it doesn't know the personal strengths and weaknesses of the students.

udonbutterfly | Student

I don't think computers can ever replace the experience of having a teacher. Although with computers it lets the child work at a more comfortable relaxed pace instead of a pressured atmosphere. However sometimes having a more pressured atmosphere teaches students about the importance of being on time with quality work.

Wiggin42 | Student

Computers can’t replace the teachers. Even online classes teachers are there to explain through videos. The human interaction is necessary to gain a valuable knowledge experienced by the teacher. Learning become mechanical and monotonous . This may likely reduce the motivation of the learner and may eventually drop the class in the future.

zumba96 | Student

While anything can be found in a computer, it is not the same as a face to face meeting and interacting. All the information is found online all the time whether on google or sites such as these, many people can find information quickly, but they may not retain it. With a teacher memories could relate to a set of problems or a lab and that would be a better method of teaching as well 

I actually dont think computers can replace teachers. Computers are great, sure, they provide to us answers which are usually more accurate then the average human recall ability. However, i personally feel that teachers are in a way meant to inspire students with all the possibilities that they can have in their future. 

krishna-agrawala | Student

Computers can definitely help students in a big way to learn. Similarly they can help teachers in teaching more effectively. But computers can never replace teachers completely. To begin with teachers are needed to decide and tell computer software developers what the computers will teach and how they will teach it.

People have figured out how many of the routine lecturing and checking activities can be done more economically using computers. For example, lecture by teacher recorded once can be made available to students all over the world on their computer through the Internet. There are many ways of making these lectures interactive also. Still there are many other useful features of face to face interaction between a real teacher and students that can not be replicated on computers. For example, teacher can sense when students are loosing interest in the the lecture and introduce some changes in the patter of lecture to revive their interest. This cannot be done by computer.