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The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher


Reader Comment: ATTENTION MEATBAG TEACHERS: YOU HAVE BECOME OBSOLETE. PLEASE REPORT TO THE NEAREST DISRUPTION FACILITY FOR DISMANTLING AND REASSIGNMENT OF YOUR VITAL ORGANS TO TECH GENIUSES.

Reader Comment:
Teachers with last names beginning from A-N : report to the front lawn of the Microsoft campus in Redmond to begin serving as archery targets.

Ohanian Comment: I can't compete with the previous comments. I'll just say that this article assumes that teacher = curriculum deliverer.

by Michael Godsey

Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it̢۪s enough to say that the role is shifting from "content expert" to "curriculum facilitator." Instead, I describe what I think the public-school classroom will look like in 20 years, with a large, fantastic computer screen at the front, streaming one of the nation̢۪s most engaging, informative lessons available on a particular topic. The "virtual class" will be introduced, guided, and curated by one of the country̢۪s best teachers (a.k.a. a "super-teacher"), and it will include professionally produced footage of current events, relevant excerpts from powerful TedTalks, interactive games students can play against other students nationwide, and a formal assessment that the computer will immediately score and record. . .

[L]ast night I watched Sugata Mitra earn a standing ovation, $1 million, and a partnership with Microsoft for his TedTalk that declared that the "future of learning" is a "school built in the cloud"--one that doesn't require teachers. . . .

Michael Godsey is an English teacher and writer based in San Luis Obispo, California.

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