True teaching and learning? I don’t think so!

This quote from comments on an article on education reform in the USA chills me to the bone. It bespeaks such a profound misunderstanding of what constitutes true teaching and learning.

“One skilled teacher can effectively teach about twenty five students a day. With teaching software computers can teach more than twenty five million students a day. Computers can zero in on a learning problem from ten different directions and systemically work with a student until they exhibit an understanding of what is being taught. A human teacher cannot multitask and interact with each student with this kind of efficiency. What’s needed in education is not reform, it is acceptance of the reality that teachers are going to become room monitors. In today’s world that is reality, people in education know what needs to be done but cannot bring themselves to do it.”

About Esmé Comfort

My husband Jim and I moved to the Bow Valley in 1980, settling in Canmore in 1983. Both my children were born in Canmore and attended K -12 in Canadian Rockies Public Schools District (CRPS), French Immersion. For the past six years I served as vice-chair of the board. Alberta Government support to the CRPS Inspiring Hearts & Minds initiative created opportunities for provincial, national and international outreach. In the past I held positions on the Canmore Daycare Board, the preschool board, and various school councils/PACs; I served as president of the local chapter of Canadian Parents for French for five years and sat on the provincial board for two. I currently sit on the board of the Canmore Folk Music Festival, work full time at an events management firm and edit, copy-edit and proofread on contract. My husband and I ran a small main street business for 18 years: supply and install floor wall and window coverings.
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