Can computers ever replace teachers?

@sskelvin (133)
India
May 21, 2010 12:43am CST
Do you think in the future computers will completely replace teachers? Even today I think many students learn vast amounts of information from the internet. Many times a teacher can also make a mistake,while a computer never makes a mistake. If a computer does the checking of answer scripts,then the marks given to all the students will also be more scientific and fair. Yes,teachers have that personal touch but what if computers are developed with the artificial intelligence of a patient,caring teacher? So what is your personal opinion? Do you rather think that computers can only replace the 'bad' teachers but never the 'best' teachers?
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@poohgal (6851)
• Singapore
22 May 10
This perhaps can apply to certain students who have the aptitude to self-learn. However, I think most students need to be engaged by a human to be able to learn better. Also, teachers can liven up lessons by sharing their life experiences, stories or simply just jokes.
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• Philippines
22 May 10
no, because only humans are capable of teaching satisfactorily. i mean, can computers teach children who are just starting to read and write? of course they can't. who will teach children on how to use computers if only computers will be the one teaching them? do you get my point. at the same time, humans are the one who created technologies so it only means that humans are more knowledgeable than computers....
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@meowcow (942)
• Philippines
3 Jun 10
I'd love to see the day that I get to sit across a robot teacher. But just for fun I wouldn't expect to learn anything. The human teachers we have now are boring enough. If you ask me, we shouldn't and couldn't replace human teachers for computers. Human interaction is important in the learning process. What we SHOULD replace are, the stupid teachers... for better ones. The ones who actually care if you learn something or not. Not just passing or failing. Most of them just seem to care about their salary. The students come last. That doesn't sit well with me at all. The great ones were truly great though and I will forever be grateful to them. So even if I am the one who invents the Robot Teacher I will protect their jobs even if it takes me to my last dime. ^^
@sskelvin (133)
• India
4 Jun 10
Very good reply.Interesting thoughts there.
@meowcow (942)
• Philippines
5 Jun 10
Hey thanks. I try my best. ;)! Great topic by the way ++ on the discussion post definitely. Good day to you!
@gherjhoy (24)
• Philippines
4 Jun 10
nope. computers can't replace teachers. computers are just merely tools. it would be a lot different if there is a teacher facilitating and guiding the pupils/students. anyways, pupils/students are not just sent to school to gain knowledge. it's not just all about IQ, but also EQ. even if human brains can come up with a robot that is equipped with "emotion", we will never know how would that exactly works or if it could give the exact response that we need. really. we need humans to teach humans. we just hope learning institutions will be more strict in hiring teachers, hope that they will set their standards high for a better outcome (result of students transformation).
@sskelvin (133)
• India
4 Jun 10
Well said.You have got some strong points. But don't you think the line between human and computer teachers will be finer in the future? The rapid pace of technology can even do things which look impossible today.What if man invents emotion in computers?
@Porcospino (16476)
• Denmark
27 May 10
I once read a science fiction novel about this topic, and in that story the students had no teachers, everything happened through the computers. The story made me wonder how things would be in the future and if computers were actually going to replace teachers one day. I don't really believe that it will be like that, because I think that teachers can give the students something that a computer can't give them. Sometimes when I play educational games online there is a voice saying: "Very good" if I write the correct answer and "Try again" if I make a mistake, and it works okay, but it gets a little boring and monotonious sometimes. A computer can't give me the kind of encouragement or comments that I can get from a teacher, and that is one of the reasons why I find it hard to believe that computers can replace teachers completely. On the other hand who knows what the world will look like in 100 years. I am sure people who lived in 1910 never imagined all the things that we are able to do today, and maybe people are going feel the same way 100 years from now.
@sskelvin (133)
• India
27 May 10
This reply is a very welcome change from the past answers.Very well said.It will be really interesting to see what happens 100 years later(maybe we will still live and discuss it here on mylot!).
• China
21 May 10
Absolutely no..No matter how super computer or robot can not be a human. A life is a life. Each life can not be replaced.Artificial intelligence is set by people. A human teacher teaches you by his soul,not by the settings.
@sskelvin (133)
• India
21 May 10
The difference between artificial intelligence and human intelligence or 'life' as you say might not be as much in the future (say 100 years) as it is now. You said a human teacher teaches you by his soul.But practically,from my experience,I can say that many teachers today teach because of money really more than anything else.
@keval32 (1099)
• India
21 May 10
Ya, I liked your last words, that computers can only replace the bad teachers but never be the best teachers. Because after all they are just artificial, they can not be the natural. Let them (scientist) do what ever they can for developing artificial intelligence and whatever, but they can never replace humans with the robots. As far as teachers concern science can not replace, because any computer or machine or robot won't have real affection towards the students, they will do what they are programmed for. Computers can give knowledge, but it is not possible to replace "Best" teachers.
@sskelvin (133)
• India
21 May 10
When human populations increase to uncontrollable numbers in the future,do you think it is possible for a teacher to give individual attention to a particular student? Or even show "affection" to All of them? Computers can prove to be most useful for teaching such a large mass of children don't you think? What if technological advancements in the future lead to creating a teaching computer with emotions,feelings,etc? What if we can copy the entire brain of a teacher into a computer's memory(ok,I know I'm going a bit too far,lol ,but you never know what might happen in the future).
@aiwiuy (23)
• Thailand
3 Aug 10
With the help of computers, teachers can make their lesson more interesting and effective. A computer connected to the internet can be a great store of information that students can access to anytime. Students can make use of computers for their studying because computer connected to the internet can answer almost any questions that a teacher sometimes cannot do. It is obvious, however, that computers never replace the roles of teachers. A machine invented by human being can never replace the human being' role.
• Malaysia
2 Aug 10
Computers simply allow people who have already developed their ob and life and skills to access information faster and compute quicker. A good scientist is a good scientist, whether or not she has access to a computer, and likewise with almost all other professions.
@joygracia (1338)
• Philippines
3 Jun 10
No never will I agree to this. Just goes to say that computers may replace humans and that is should never come to a reality.
@bigsccs (13)
• Greece
1 Jun 10
I believe computers can never replace a human being. Even the mistakes are acceptable. That is the way of learning anyway. But of course computers will enter in this field too. I beleive in the near future, no teacher will be able to teach without a computer as an assistant.
@Cutie18f (9566)
• Philippines
1 Jun 10
Still, the computer is a machine and it can never come close to being human. Without power, where will the students go? Indeed, students learn loads of information from the internet but they also learn as much trash and bad things from it. A human teacher is only there to teach you the best. She would be able to monitor your progress as a student. She has eyes to see you and ears to hear your answers. The computer only depends on how much knowledge of its use we have. No machine can ever take the place of a real flesh-and-blood teacher.
@CTHanum (8255)
• Malaysia
1 Jun 10
hi kelvin! if you suggest it for normal school then i would say no...i don't want a robotic and mechanical teacher.i want the real human one.i love if they both cooperate in teaching us like teacher teach student along with the visual aids but no if it just the computer alone.if you take an online exam then it is okay if the one who marked the paper is the computer and if it isn't then no thanks.but i like the statement you made to replace bad teacher with the computer.yet you still can find another good teacher to replace the bad one.hehe. happy mylotting!:)
• India
1 Jun 10
yes,in future the students will study by computer and by computer networking. because the world has become computer friendly and know a day the work is done on computer.
• Philippines
23 May 10
No! There are some instances though when computers are more useful in teaching children but it's better to have a human teacher teach them so that they'll gain not only knowledge but also other things such as socialization, etc.
• Romania
22 May 10
it usually depends of the sourse your information comes from. sometime you can get eronate answers and wrong ideas. plus, the computer can not explain about the mistakes you are doing. the teacher can. it is very important especially when it come, let's say about grammar ao methemetics to have someone explaining to you. test: get a translate engine. put a phrase in your language and than press the button to translate it. you will see that most of the time is will be totally wrong. and, more, if you are doing a mistake, it can not show you and explain ti to you. A teacher can do all of these.
• China
22 May 10
Hi,sskelvin.I don't think computer can replace teachers totally.Both the computer and teachers have their own advantages and disadvantages, but cannot replace each other.Learning includes active learning, passive learning and interactive learning.A computer is only the students' initiative to study, the most important is the students' will.The teacher is can make the students be more passive and want to learn new things.
• India
22 May 10
its absolutely correct that the influence of computers in the concerned field is goig to increase tremendously.teacher's job is to carry out the lessons in text,check the assignments.these jobs can very very efficently performed by the future computers.but the one of the most important job of the teacher is to create some moral values such as honesty, discipline, respect for elders,confidence etc.these values can not be created by computers since they can not influence our mind.so according to me computers will be of great help to teachers but won't eradicate the teachers.
• Philippines
22 May 10
Remember the saying that "experience is the best teacher." A computer doesn't feel or collect experiences. Rather, it collects information, processes it and gives solution to a problem based on a data base, which is basically a library of information. But education is not only about providing information. Rather, it is what the person does with the information he gets. That's why the best teachers we love are those who have imparted their best experiences. They have driven us to achieve more with what we have read from the books--or what we have learned from the computer, for that matter.
@monkeylong (3147)
• Guangzhou, China
22 May 10
As far as I am concerned, I think it is not so possible for the computers to replace the position of the teachers. As we all know that teachers can teach the students one by one ,even the teachers can teach the students with a kind voice . What is more, when the students meet some problems during the study, I think the teachers can give them a hand as soon as possible. I enjoy staying with my teachers so much in my life.