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Are teachers necessary?
Originally posted by LadySkadi
Are teachers necessary?
Good teachers are, yes. School is about more then learning new material, it's about doing so in combination with the real-life application and experience of said material. A good teacher will provide both challenge and experience (real-life, hands-on approach) to their lessons and additionally, provide the students perspective they otherwise would not gain from simulations or studies, alone.
edit on 22-4-2011 by LadySkadi because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by SaneThinking
Very surprised to only see a very little reference to the Khan Academy. I have recently visited the site and have found it very informative. Not only does it have something for all beginners as well to advanced and way advanced problems and videos to solve the problems presented within the site.
My two cents on needing a physical teacher, well ya I'm sure in certain cases some people need that human contact, and the re-assurance of another person, with a gold star an physical pat on the back. But myself I was a book learner that looked at my teachers like an audio book just rehashing what I has already read. And have spent many an hour watching video's now on the Khan website as well as talking the practice problems that go along with it and find that it has been an over the top helpfull tool in learning.
I as well feel the platform could end up being the future for sure, with a go to meeting, skype type format for that face to face feel as well as the idea exchange. I would hate to see all teachers be done in bye it, but I would feel that the governments of the world would love getting rid of the unions and the money used to keep them working. Maybe spend a little more on health care
Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
reply to post by queenofsheba
So then shouldn't we remove the tests, which are useless and vapid, and get back to actually teaching hte subject rather than test answers?
Originally posted by Dr Expired
Good teachers are like diamonds in a sewer, my experience at both school and post school learning is that most are inept at actually teaching.
Some are sociopaths and worse and children are sent to their clutches every day.
If members here related their horror stories from school we would seriously ask ourselves if we should send chidren to school.
The subject of getting on with others was brought up , but sometimes its better being alone than experiencing the hate of others,and many children are scarred for life by the cruelty of other children espescially in the teenage years,the best advice is to interview the school before sending your children to a potential hell.
kids will put up with the worst torment sometimes and not tell their parents.
How many leave school early because of bad teachers and environment?
Anyway great thread.