Class, Say Hello To Your New Teacher, Todd The T1000.

Yikes! My sister taught English for a time in South Korea. I wonder what she would think of the idea that they’ve started getting robots to teach the kids. The robots are remotely controled by teachers of English in the Philippines, because it’s cheaper to hire those teachers. But oh no, we’re not replacing English teachers.

I guess I can half understand the robots being used in places where foreign English teachers don’t feel comfortable going, even though it still feels weird. What’s the plan if the remote control crashes? What if some kids figure out how to turn it off? Computers in the classroom are cool. I just don’t like the idea of a robot teaching the class. Like it or not, teachers do more than just teach.

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